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Ezekiel Elliott withdraws appeal

Ezekiel Elliott withdraws appeal

The talented, but troubled, Dallas Cowboys running back has officially chose to put his legal issues behind him, announcing Wednesday that he will no longer appeal his suspension in the best interests of his friends, family and teammates.

Finally, the Ezekiel Elliott suspension saga is over. This put his suspension on hold until the injunction reached the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on October 12.

This information comes via Elliott's agents, Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano, as reported by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. The league concluded he violated its personal conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence violations. This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by he and his team resulted in disclosing many hidden truths regarding this matter as well [as] publicly exposing the NFL's mismanagement of its disciplinary process.

The next time Ezekiel Elliott carries the football for the Dallas Cowboys will be December 24 against the Seattle Seahawks.

The NFLPA immediately appealed Goodell's suspension decision, enabling Elliott to play while the case worked its way through the legal system.

Elliott is expected to release his own statement in the coming weeks.

Elliott has said he is innocent throughout the process.

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Late Wednesday afternoon, Elliott accepted that reality, officially dropping his challenge to the ban, issued by Goodell in response to domestic violence allegations made against Elliott by his ex-girlfriend in July 2016.

Finally, on November 9 the federal court denied a final appeal for an injunction, officially enforcing Elliott's six-game suspension.

The legal battle was waged in four courts in three different states.

While on suspension, Elliott can not have any contact with the Cowboys' front office or coaches.

"I think he's got a good plan and I know he's going to be doing stuff", Jones said last Sunday.

The second-year tailback this season has rushed for 783 yards on 191 carries with seven touchdowns, five of them coming in his last three games. The Cowboys (5-4) have turned to Alfred Morris, Rob Smith and Darren McFadden in Elliott's absence.


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