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Elliott To Attend Appeal In Person, Thompson Barred By Henderson

Cowboys' running back Ezekiel Elliott is set to suit up and play for the first time in 2017 tomorrow against the Oakland Raiders at home. As I wrote earlier today, this playing time could offer a short distraction from a suspension saga that has calmed down ahead of an August 29th appeal hearing.

will hear 's appeal, and it has now been made known that he's refused to force Tiffany Thompson to be present for this Tuesday hearing – along with barring Thompson's notes and interviews.

This is massive news for Elliott and the Cowboys, as the basis of their criticism against the league's six game handed his way has been based on now very-public evidence that Tiffany Thompson was trying to set Elliott up with these charges.

The term that's been attached to this fight from the start between the NFL and the Cowboys has been war. As the Cowboys' general, has been surprisingly quiet through this, saying recently that he's still gathering his thoughts on the situation.

Jones of course knows that, in warfare, shots are taken on both sides. His star is far from entirely innocent, as Zeke's lapses in judgment have come early and often enough in his career to warrant a suspension for “conduct detrimental to the league”.

Will Tuesday's appeal hearing be anything more than a further slap on the wrist for Elliott, that he believes justly deserves due process in the court of law as retaliation?

Elliott's suspension is not purely based in domestic violence, which may be the reason that Henderson prefers Thompson remains absent for this appeal hearing. Ezekiel will attend in person on Tuesday, entering at a much lower position of authority it seems without a fair chance to prove his innocence against accusations of violence against Thompson.

This is not to say that Elliott's suspension won't be reduced on Tuesday, as Henderson did reduce former Cowboys DE 's suspension from ten games down to four in 2015.

“Will six games be “simply too much” for Ezekiel Elliott given that the NFL suspended him for “conduct detrimental to the league”, for which at this point he is just as guilty of as the very league itself through their handling of this?”

This quote comes from my original announcement that Harold Henderson would hear Elliott's appeal, and both questions still stand with this fast-approaching hearing looking like nothing but a small speed bump on the way towards this case ending up in court where Thompson, and presumably Jerry Jones, can reenter the picture and keep Ezekiel on the field – at least delaying the battles the Cowboys will have to fight without their bell cow on the field while a war atop the NFL unfolds over this all.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Randy Martin

There is a key piece of information in the wording of his suspension that opens the door for a reduced suspension. “Conduct detrimental to the league” does not evoke an automatic 6 game suspension as the DV policy does. That being said, say it gets reduced to 2-3 games because Harold Henderson determines 6 games to be too harsh, would Zeke and legal team/NFLPA file a lawsuit against the NFL? Zeke has maintained complete innocence all along and by accepting a lesser suspension does he then cast doubt on his innocence or does it mean he just wants to put it all behind him?


Putting it behind him is something you do when at fault, also add in all the time he will spend in classesgroups.

When I was a kid 4th grade, I pulled a halter top down, learned a valuable lesson when she punted my nuts into my mouth. I apologized and moved on, that was in the late 70s.


I don’t think the wording the league used helps their case, basically they are labeling him a abuser and said that the parade tape has no bearing on the 6 games. The league has overstepped it’s authority. Doing so will open litigation on article 46, they should have used the parade tape for the suspension and just left the DV to the authorities. They messed up by putting the cart before the horse. Barring testimony from the accuser puts them in a poor light and it only benefits Ms.Thompson and the NFL. It also seems that in doing this Zeke is being railroaded for the leagues gain.

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