The NFL has filed an appeal of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's injunction with the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. If the league wins that ruling, Elliott's suspension would go back into effect. It's unclear how long it'll take to get that ruling and what the odds are that the NFL wins. Stay tuned ...
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order, according to multiple sources. It means that he can play while his case against the NFL's suspension works its way through the court. It's uncertain exactly how long that will take, but most believe it won't be settled before the end of the season. Simply put: Elliott now seems likely to be eligible for all 16 games this season. Anyone who got him outside the front half of Round 1 got an absolute steal.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game suspension was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson on Tuesday. He’s still eligible to play Week 1, while a source told Yahoo’s Charles Robinson that Zeke will fight his suspension “to victory or the complete exhaustion of his legal options.” We’ll share further developments when they become available.
Update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that a decision on the temporary restraining order will come by 5 pm ET on Friday. That now pertains to Week 2 and beyond. If Elliott gets the restraining order, he'd stand a good chance to be eligible for all 16 games this season. If not, his suspension would begin in Week 2.
105.3 The Fan in Dallas reports that the NFL has said Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will play against the Giants on Sunday. A source reportedly in the courtroom for Elliott's lawsuit said an NFL rep told the judge in that case that Elliott will play Week 1 even if Harold Henderson's decision comes down this week. An upheld suspension would then begin in Week 2. There will, of course, be more to come on this front -- and, let's hope, official word on the situation soon. But for now, fantasy owners can expect to have the Cowboys star available for Week 1.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and his legal team have filed a temporary restraining order, calling for the courts to block his 6-game suspension from the NFL. The team believes there are "serious flaws" in the NFL's case. We're still waiting for arbitrator Harold Henderson's ruling on Elliott's appeal. If Henderson upholds the ban, the court will then decide whether to stay the suspension while it reviews the case. If it does, Elliott would be allowed to play while the case works its way through the legal system. If this all sounds familiar, it's because it's the same action that allowed Patriots QB Tom Brady to play the entire 2015 season, despite a 4-game suspension from the league. Brady, of course, ended up serving the ban during the first 4 weeks of last season. There are still some hurdles for Elliott to clear, but his odds of being on the field for the opener against the Giants are improving. And there's a chance he's available for the entire season. There's also a chance that he's able to play early on but is then forced to serve the ban later on in the year. That'd be even more damaging to his fantasy value than missing the first 6 games.
The NFLPA believes it has a good case against Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension based on "serious flaws" in the league's investigation, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's Director of Investigations, reportedly testified during this week's appeal that she recommended no suspension for Zeke. Roberts was not part of the committee who made the final decision on discipline, though, and Commissioner Goodell obviously ignored her recommendation. "As a result, the union concluded that the process by which the NFL arrived at a six-game suspension for Elliott encountered significant flaws somewhere between the investigation itself and the ultimate decision to suspend," Graziano writes. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier on Thursday that arbitrator Harold Henderson is "under pressure" to make a decision on Elliott's appeal by Monday. If the suspension is upheld, Zeke could move to file an injunction. If granted, he'd be eligible to play while the case works its way through the courts. Elliott's situation is as murky as ever right now, putting fantasy owners in a tough spot. If you're drafting this weekend, you'll need to decide how much risk you want to take on Elliott as a potential 2nd- or 3rd-round pick.
ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Mike & Mike on Thursday morning that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension stands a good chance of being reduced. "More I hear and more people I talk to, the more I think there's a very real chance Zeke Elliott gets his suspension reduced," Schefter said. Elliott's appeal started Tuesday and has extended into Thursday. It's unclear when it'll be over -- or when arbitrator Harold Henderson will announce his decision. That puts fantasy drafters in a tough spot. A reduction to 4 games would move Elliott into 2nd-round consideration. Two games could make Zeke worth considering at the end of the 1st. Stay tuned ...
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott officially appealed his 6-game suspension on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The appeal will be heard on August 29. That's just 12 days before Dallas kicks off its season against the Giants. It remains plenty possible that this situation isn't resolved by that point. For now, though, fantasy owners need to proceed as if Elliott will be suspended for the first 6 games of the season.
Lions DE Kerry Hyder suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon in Sunday's preseason opener against the Colts. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Hyder will have surgery this week and expects to be back before next season. The injury leaves Detroit with basically no proven edge-rushing talent beyond DE Ezekiel Ansah. Veterans Dwight Freeney and Mario Williams stand out as rare big-name DEs on the free-agent market, but neither looks like a real every-down option. An already-sketchy Detroit defense looks bad for both real-life and fantasy purposes. Hyder will be an unrestricted free agent in March.
Lions DE Kerry Hyder left the field on a cart Sunday after suffering a lower left leg injury in the preseason opener against the Colts. Trainers attended to the back of his leg, according mLive.com, which could mean an Achilles' tendon issue. We'll see about the official diagnosis. Losing Hyder would be a big blow to an already shaky defense.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's representatives confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon that he'll appeal his 6-game suspension. "The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it 'cherry picks' so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence," the statement reads, in part. We've seen these appeals drag out, and Elliott would be allowed to play if it extends into the regular season. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation. For now, though, we're still projecting Elliott to miss the first 6 games of the year.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended 6 games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. He's expected to appeal the decision. We'll see how long a ruling on that takes, but we need to assume Elliott will miss the first 6 games of the season at this point. That obviously puts a massive dent in his fantasy value. We'll see what happens to his ADP, though. Zeke might still be worth a look if he starts dropping into the 3rd or even late 2nd round. RB Darren McFadden is the odds-on favorite to operate as Dallas' lead back while Elliott sits, although RB Alfred Morris could make a push over the next few weeks. We'll have a full breakdown of the fantasy impact of Elliott's suspension later today. For now, check out our updated projections for the Cowboys backfield.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes the "benchmark" for Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension is 6 games. "Could be fewer," Rapoport adds. 6 games is certainly more than we've been expecting -- and would be harsh for a guy who hasn't actually been charged with any crimes. It sounds like we'll get an official announcement from the league at some point today. If you're drafting in the meantime, consider Elliott no earlier than the late 2nd round.
Pro Football Talk reports that the "prevailing view in league circles" is that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended for his off-field antics. One league source told PFT that a suspension is "definite." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, hears that the league's decision could be announced as soon as Friday. We're looking forward to finally getting some clarity on this issue so we can properly value Zeke in fantasy drafts. Stay tuned.
Don't expect any resolution on the Ezekiel Elliott situation this week. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the "Commissioner [is] waiting for 4 outside advisors who attended meeting to finish work" before announcing any discipline for the Dallas RB. If you're not sure what to make of that, join the club. This figures to be the most drawn-out 1-2 game suspension of all time. In the meantime, continue to treat Elliott the way you have been in recent drafts.
The Dallas police department announced that the investigation into the incident Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was involved in last weekend has been suspended. The cops haven't been able to contact the victim, and no witnesses have come forward. It looks like Zeke will escape this one, but there's still a good chance he's slapped with a suspension. Trouble has followed him throughout his first year in the league.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a "late-night incident" at a bar on Sunday, according to 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas and since confirmed by ESPN's Adam Schefter. We don't have any other details at this point, but we should get them soon. Elliott is already under investigation by the league for a 2016 domestic violence accusation, so this isn't a good look. For what it's worth, Vegas sports books are now expecting Elliott to be suspended this year. We recently knocked a game off his 2017 projections.
ESPN's Adam Schefter stepped up his language Friday on potential league discipline for Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott. After reporting on a "growing sense" that Elliott will face some discipline over domestic violence allegations against him, Schefter added, "I think Elliott is bracing for a short suspension." The situation remains unresolved to this point, with the NFL's investigation reportedly not even yet completed. So we'll see what actually happens. A game or 2 lost for Elliott wouldn't significantly alter his value. A 1-2 week replacement won't be hard to find, and Elliott would still offer a much higher ceiling the rest of the way than any other RB ranked behind him. Any suspension, of course, would add appeal to Darren McFadden as a handcuff.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott remains under investigation by the NFL for domestic violence accusations levied against him back in July of 2016, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Elliott was never charged, but it evidently remains an issue with the league. "It is definitely a factor, and if I were drafting today, I would be hesitant to (draft him)," Schefter said. "But this is a situation that has gone back and forth so many times. I’ve spoken to some people within the league who, during the course of the offseason, got a sense that some form of discipline could happen. And then I spoke to somebody last week and they’re like, ‘Yeah, I don’t think anything is going to happen here.' ... It’s just been an ongoing issue that has had no conclusion. And so, if you’re drafting today, it’s hard to say, ‘Well, nothing’s going to happen there.’ Nothing may well happen there, but something could happen there. We just don’t know right now. It’s just sort of out there." We're not adjusting Elliott's projections now, but we also wouldn't blame you for passing over him with a top 5 pick in early fantasy drafts. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has "had to work himself back into playing shape" this spring, according to TheMMQB.com's Albert Breer. It was a parenthetical comment by Breer without any further details. But interesting nonetheless. Elliott has had an eventful offseason that's included a pair of car crashes and a video of him pulling down a woman's shirt at a St. Patrick's Day parade. He certainly wouldn't be the first guy to rest on his laurels after a big rookie season. We'll keep an eye on Elliott when the Cowboys report to training camp next month.
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