Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is back on (again). The New York Southern District Court denied a preliminary injunction for the Dallas running back, which means Elliott is set to miss the next six games of the Cowboys’ season.
The NFLPA has 24 hours to file an appeal. If the union can’t win their appeal, Elliott’s suspension won’t be able to be delayed again.
It goes without saying that losing Elliott is a huge blow for a Cowboys team that’s won their last two games. Elliott IS their offense. He has 183 touches through seven games (26.1 per game). The Cowboys’ ground game takes a lot of pressure off Dak Prescott and a below average Dallas defense.
Here’s a look at the six games Elliott is currently set to miss.
Week 9 - vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 10 - at Atlanta Falcons
Week 11 - vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 12 - vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins
Week 14 - at New York Giants
As you can see, three of those games are division matchups, and one is against the Eagles. The Birds will be coming off their bye for that game.
The 7-1 Eagles already have a significant lead on the 4-3 Cowboys. Dallas losing Elliott will only make it tougher for them to catch up to Philly in the NFC East.