Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension is back on again (again). In case you haven’t been able to follow the back-and-forth nature of his case, here’s a good summary for you.
Ezekiel Elliott was allowed to play against the Chiefs in Week 9 thanks to a temporary stay issued by the 2nd Circuit Court. On Thursday, the court denied Elliott an injunction, according to sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach. The decision will put Elliott’s suspension back in place effective immediately.
Assuming Elliott’s suspension holds, this is a big loss for the Cowboys. Elliott has 210 touches through eight games this season (26.3 average). He’s such a huge part of the Dallas offense.
With Zeke out, the Cowboys will turn to Alfred Morris, Rod Smith, and Darren McFadden. There will also be more pressure on Dak Prescott to perform. Prescott has been greatly aided by Zeke’s presence. It’ll be really interesting to see how the young quarterback fares without his best offensive weapon.
Here’s a look at the games Elliott is set to miss.
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
Week 15 - at Oakland Raiders
As you can see, three of those games are NFC East matchups. The most critical game for Dallas is their Week 11 matchup against the Eagles. Philadelphia, currently sitting at 8-1, will be hungry to put away the division by beating the Cowboys in that game.
In some ways, it would be nice to see how Zeke would fare against the Eagles’ top run defense. In other ways, Eagles fans can enjoy knowing that the Cowboys are now a worse team.
UPDATE: Sounds like Elliott is definitely out for at least four games.
Argument in Ezekiel Elliott's expedited appeal in 2nd Circuit scheduled for Dec. 1. #Cowboys have four games before then.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 9, 2017