(The Sports Xchange) - Ezekiel Elliott will be allowed to play at least another week after a federal judge on Monday rejected the NFL’s request for an expedited hearing on the Dallas Cowboys running back’s six-game suspension for alleged domestic assault against his ex-girlfriend.
Judge Katherine Polk Failla of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Elliott’s hearing will be held, as originally scheduled, on Oct. 30.
The latest ruling keeps Elliott eligible to play this Sunday against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field under the temporary restraining order granted last Tuesday by another U.S. District judge in New York blocking the suspension.
The 22-year-old Elliott took advantage of last week’s legal reprieve, gaining 219 yards from scrimmage and scoring three touchdowns — 147 rushing yards and two scores in addition to a 72-yard TD pass — to lead the Cowboys to a 40-10 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.
“I put that aside when I get with these guys,” Elliott told reporters after the game. “These guys do a good job of giving me something else to think about, keeping me up no matter what’s going on out there. I’m just happy to be out here and be able to play with them and go and get another win.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott for six games on Aug. 11 after the league’s 13-month league investigation concluded he was in violation of the league’s personal-conduct policy for the incident in the summer of 2016. Elliott, who was not arrested or charged in the case, maintains his innocence after being accused of assaulting his former girlfriend in Columbus, Ohio.
Elliott has rushed for 540 yards and four touchdowns on 131 carries in six games this season while his case was in the court system. He also has 18 catches for 206 yards and two TDs. As a rookie last season, he led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards.