An arbitrator has upheld Dallas Cowboys running Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension stemming from a domestic violence case, but at a temporary restraining order hearing at U.S. District Court in Sherman, Texas on Tuesday, NFL attorneys were forced to acknowledge that the timing of decision leaves Elliott open to play in the team’s opener this Sunday against NFL East rival New York Giants.
“In the absence of a ruling from Mr. Henderson at the outset of the hearing, the judge indicated his desire to have the appropriate time to consider all legal issues before making a ruling,” the league explained, per ESPN. “To that end, the judge asked counsel whether it was prepared to allow Mr. Elliott’s suspension, if upheld, to begin after week one, allowing him time to make that ruling. In deference to the judge, NFL counsel agreed that Mr. Elliott would be permitted to play this weekend regardless of the timing of the decision. When the decision was issued, the judge advised that in light of the league’s agreement, he would allow additional filings and make his decision by Friday.”