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Change Of Plans: Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott WILL Play On Sunday (For Now)

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The never-ending saga revolving the on-again, off-again suspension for Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension has taken another surprising turn.


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Days after it was announced that the Dallas Cowboys running back would immediately begin serving a six-game suspension that  stemmed from domestic abuse charges, a federal appeals court in New York has ruled Elliott can play in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York’s ruling on Friday temporarily blocked a lower court’s ruling that Elliott was to immediately start serving his suspension this week. If you’ll recall, the suspension was originally handed down in August and has taken a wild ride since.

If you feel like you’re having trouble keeping up with the madness, you’re not alone. Luckily, here’s a handy chart sorting everything out:

With each delay of Elliott’s suspension, the odds grow larger that he plays the entire season without serving any suspension. Of course, things can continue to be in flux through a potential playoff run. Wouldn’t that be something?

What’s likely to happen first (because a settlement between Elliott and the NFL is out of the question, right?) is Elliott’s future will be decided by a three-judge panel, which will rule whether or not Judge Katherine Polk Failla got it right when she ruled not to give Elliott an injunction to block the suspension.


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.