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NY Judge Denies Elliott Injunction; Suspension Stands

Jess Haynie

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Judge Katherine Failla of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has denied Ezekiel Elliott's request for a preliminary injunction against the NFL's six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence. While Elliott and the union will appeal this decision in the circuit courts, he is suspended pending further legal action.

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Judge: the Court concludes that NFLPA failed to demonstrate a substantial question warranting the extraordinary remedy of injunctive relief

In other words, the judge believes that the NFL conducted itself according to the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and did not feel there was enough merit to the argument that "fundamental fairness" was denied.

With no legal protection currently, Elliott will almost certainly miss this Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.  His camp will try to get an expedited appeal and another temporary restraining order based on the "irreparable harm" that comes from him missing games, but those moves are for another day.

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For now, the NFL front office gets a major win in terms of its power and the validation of the CBA. Interesting, this comes on the same day that news is circulating of a major shift in the owners' desire to hand Roger Goodell a major contract extension. Jerry Jones is at the forefront of that movement, and tonight's events will only fuel his fire even more.

We will have to wait and see what this means for Ezekiel Elliott and the rest of the season. If he can't win another court battle, he will now miss Weeks 9-14. On the plus side, that guarantees he would not miss any playoff games or even some critical season-deciding matchups at the end of the year.

But can the Cowboys stay competitive with Zeke out? Can Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden do enough to help Dallas keep pace with the Eagles in the NFC East, or even in the Wild Card race?

Maybe we won't have to find out. The legal process isn't over for Elliott and the NFL, but tonight was a major blow for Zeke and Cowboys Nation.



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6 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    And the saga continues……….

    • Jess Haynie

      Thankfully, this isn’t the end of the road. However, the light at the end of the tunnel is definitely getting darker.

  • dallas1966

    Jess, I hate to sound doom and gloom, but with judgement handed down today. I believe that the Cowboys season, will be over before it started. The Cowboys will be facing the meat of it’s regular season schedule. The Chiefs, Falcons, Iggles, Chargers, deadskins and midgets. I can’t see tthis coaching staff, pulling out of this adversity, smelling like a rose, upon Zeke return.

    Zeke was a friend of the missing in action defense. Now that the Cowboys will be without it’s grinder, to keep the defense fresh. We will see more 3 and outs [like the Broncos, Rams and Packers game], on a regular basis. With a Cowboys offense relying on Dak, it’s going to be a long season. Dak is not ready, in my opinion to putting the Cowboys on his back. With the Cowboys offense not able to sustain drives, especially, on 3rd downs, the Cowboys defense will be worn out.

    I hope I’m wrong. Coach Garrett face at his press conference, he too seemed long face, about the Cowboys chances of making a run towards Super Bowl 52.
    I just don’t think the Cowboys running back by committee, will be successful. Another year in Cowboys history of not winning the Lombardi Trophy.

    • Jess Haynie

      I think the Cowboys CAN win any game that Zeke misses. I don’t think they will win all six, but I think they can at least go 3-3. That puts them at 7-6 when Zeke returns with three to go. Depending on what else is happening in the NFC, they can make the push for the Wild Card spot.

      It ain’t over.

  • Russ_Te

    EE’s team had a cracked judge a couple weeks ago and got that reversed. Substantial question? The NFL’s own case interviewer said she did not believe the accuser.

    EE has a very strong case when it’s finally heard – whether that is in the offseason to kill the suspension, or a damages lawsuit if the suspension is forced on him now. He is likely to win on merits, and any lost game for an NFL player is clearly a lost game and irreparable harm.

    Not to mention the league has already killed his endorsements future / millions of dollars.
    This judge is wrong. The fair thing is to table this dispute until offseason.

    • Jess Haynie

      Her decision was pretty astounding. It went against most legal logic, hence why you saw mostly positive predictions about how it would go in Zeke’s favor. Hopefully the next court sees that,

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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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QB Dak Prescott Named Cowboys’ Nominee For Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award

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As the quarterback of America's Team, Dak Prescott is faced with a level of criticism each week that few athletes have to deal with. He is constantly questioned for his play, and even when things are going well, Prescott must answer his critics. But one area absolutely no one can question Prescott is his leadership, both on and off the field.

Dak Prescott is the perfect role model for children and adults alike. He is constantly doing fantastic work in his communities and making sure he uses his platform for good to his best ability.

This week it was announced Dak Prescott was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and will be the Cowboys' candidate in the race.

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@Dak Prescott has been announced as the #Cowboys nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year - for 'commitment to philanthropy and community impact.' DAL past winners of the NFL-wide honor: Staubach, Aikman, Witten. @1053thefan

Of course, Prescott is well-worthy of the honor, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being both a finalist and the recipient of the award this year. As mentioned by Mike Fisher in the above tweet, three Cowboys have won the award previously; Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Jason Witten. Each of which is deserving, as is Prescott.

Considering the award is given out for "commitment to philanthropy and community impact," I can't think of many more worthy players around the league than quarterback Dak Prescott. We can see this impact in the locker room and on the field as well, as Prescott was voted a captain in just his sophomore season. The Cowboys clearly respect Prescott, despite some of the flaws in his game, and seem to play hard beside him every week.

Congratulations to Dak Prescott on this nomination.



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