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NFL Notes: Ezekiel Elliott, Jordan Reed, Rams, Redskins

Ezekiel Elliott

  • Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to play the entire 2017 season following the recent ruling that will give him a temporary restraining order regarding his six-game suspension handed down by the NFL.
  • The NFL is likely to decide on Monday whether they will appeal this ruling.
  • Rapoport says that this situation could follow a similar timetable as the Tom Brady case that took over 500 days to be settled.

Jordan Reed

  • Ian Rapoport reports that Redskins TE Jordan Reed will be battling a painful toe injury for at least the early part of the season.
  • Rapoport’s sources say that Reed is specifically dealing with a fracture in his big toe and has forced him to adjust the way he runs. This adjustment has led to some other parts of Reed’s foot to experience issues and explains why he was slow to return to the practice field during training camp.


  • Adam Schefter reports that Rams HC Sean McVay and members of the Rams’ front office flew to Atlanta to meet with the representatives for DT Aaron Donald in an attempt to see if they could find a compromise that would end his holdout.
    Schefter adds that dialogue between the two sides that took place in Atlanta helped result in Donald reporting to the team on Saturday.


Liz Clarke of the Washington Post reports that former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan has filed a grievance against his former employer for the 22 months of pay remaining on his contract.

McCloughan will attempt to show that the Redskins did not have just cause for firing him this past March. Reports have indicated that McCloughan’s drinking was part of the reason for his firing.

“I know who I am and what I did there,” McCloughan said. “Did I build a Super Bowl champion? No. But I did a good job, along with other people there, of making the roster better. I did a good job, with [head coach] Jay [Gruden], in making the quarterback change” from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins in 2015. “If it comes down to my past, it’s their choice, But I’m in a good place, back in my home town. I’ve got a great wife, great kids. We’re going forward. The past is the past.

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