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Ezekiel Elliott’s Six-Game Suspension Upheld, Will Still Play In Week 1

Update:

Here’s a statement released by Ezekiel Elliott’s attorneys regarding the ruling to uphold his six-game suspension.

NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson has decided to uphold Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension following Tuesday’s hearing, according to Chris Mortensen.

The expectation is that Elliott will take this to court and continue to fight for full exoneration, so much like Tom Brady‘s suspension, this likely won’t be going away anytime soon.

According to Kate Kairopoulos, Elliott will still play in Week 1’s game against the Giants and a judge will rule by 5 pm Friday on an injunction.

Ian Rapoport mentions that Elliott could get a restraining order to stay on the field this season or end up serving the six-game suspension starting Week 2.

Elliott is accused of five incidents of domestic violence that took place over over the course of a six-day period in July 2016.

If Elliott serves the full six-game suspension, he would miss games against Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, Packers and 49ers. Joel Corry mentioned previously that Elliott’s $8,156,274 of salary guarantees would go away if his suspension is upheld.

Elliott, 21, was taken with the No. 4 overall pick by the Cowboys back in May. He signed four-year contract worth $24,956,342, which includes a signing bonus of $16,350,068.

Elliott stands to make base salaries of $1.58 million (2017), $2.71 million (2018), and $3.85 million (2019) over the remainder of the contract. The agreement also includes a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2019.

In 2016, Elliott has appeared in 16 games for the Cowboys and rushed for 1,631  yards on 322 carries (5.1 YPC) to go along with 32 receptions for 363  yards receiving and 16 total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 running back out of 62 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Elliott and his suspension as the news is available.