As the league was busy defending its suspension and investigation in a Dallas court last week after Elliott appealed, the tone-deaf NFL said on Friday it finally was getting around to suspending Brown six games.
"Based upon the preliminary injunction standard, the Court finds, that Elliott did not receive a fundamentally fair hearing, necessitating the Court grant the request for preliminary injunction", Mazzant wrote in his ruling. Probably nothing, at least as far as this season is concerned.
There is now no timetable as to how long this process could take, but the league could ask for an expedited process to get the situation resolved at some point over the next couple of months. The case involving Tom Brady would be the precedent here. The NFL has now filed an appeal of the injunction with the Fifth Circuit.
The 2016 rushing champion's six-game suspension remains on hold at the moment, allowing him to continue to play until a definitive ruling is made prohibiting him to do so.
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The investigator's memo and recommendation of no punishment were later ignored as Elliott was slapped with a six-game ban.
"Just kind of your name getting dragged through the mud", Elliott told reporters when asked what the most hard part of the process has been. Their O/U is 1-7 in their last 8 road games against teams with a winning home-games record, 3-14 in their last 17 road games, 35-16-3 in their last 54 games after allowing less than 15 points in the previous game. "Just kind of being associated with that, that's tough". "I'm just really focused on being the running back I need to be, so we can accomplish what we want to accomplish".
But just over 48 hours before the start of Sunday's contest against the New York Giants, Elliott and the players' union scored a victory when a Texas judge granted a temporary injunction. Jones was careful not to directly criticize the NFL's investigation, but in an elliptical response to a question, he said the process by which the National Football League deals with player discipline has to be "fair".
However, running back Ezekiel Elliott also reminded everyone why he's a vital cog in the offense as he finished the game with 24 carries 104 yards and five catches for 36 yards. The league could have placed Elliott on the commissioner's exempt list to circumvent the court's decision but elected not to do that, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post. A year ago, after Brady returned to the lineup, the Patriots won 11 of 12 regular-season games and then breezed through the playoffs, eventually toppling the Falcons in the Super Bowl.