Zeke eligible for Week 8.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott went off last night, totalling over 219 yards of offense (147 rushing, 72 receiving) and three touchdowns as the Cowboys routed the San Francisco 49ers by the final of 40-10.
After the win, Dallas received more good news regarding their star running back - he'll be eligible for next week's game against the division rival Washington Redskins.
According to ESPN, a judge has rejected the NFL's request for an expedited hearing on Ezekiel Elliott's injunction of his six-game suspension. Judge Katherine Polk Failla of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Monday morning that Elliott's hearing will be held on October 30th, as originally scheduled.
The Cowboys, 3-3, will travel to Washington in Week 8 to battle the Redskins, 3-2, who will be in action tonight against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Judge denied NFL request for expedited hearing on Ezekiel Elliott, meaning he plays Sunday vs. Washington:... https://t.co/bn1km9yUk2— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2017
In the past four games, #Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has a total of 584 yards and 6 TDs.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) October 22, 2017
Despite today's ruling, the NFL remains confident that Ezekiel Elliott will serve the six-game suspension they originally handed down. According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart said Friday the league is "not looking to make a deal" and they are "confident" they'll win in court.
Just last week, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reported that the two sides had discussed the possibility of a settlement and had previously talked about potential deals after every ruling during the ongoing process.
Although Elliott was never charged in the domestic violence case, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for six games following a year-long investigation into the accusations made by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. The league determined that he violated the NFL's conduct policy, which warranted a mandatory six-game suspension.
When asked about the ongoing case it didn't seem like Zeke was looking to reach a settlement either, he wants to fight to clear his name.
Zeke told reporters,
"When you get accused of something of that magnitude, you kind of get labeled as an abuser, and that's just not me, that's not how I want to be seen, that's not how I want to represent my family. It's just important for me to fight."