NFL 'Not Looking to Make a Deal' with Ezekiel Elliott, Says Joe Lockhart

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2017

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) carries the ball for a long run against the Los Angeles Rams in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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The National Football League isn't considering a settlement with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott as the legal battle continues over his six-game suspension.

NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart said Friday the league is "not looking to make a deal" and remains "confident" the ban will eventually be upheld in court, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

The comments come after David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday the "sides have discussed the possibility of a settlement" and previously talked about potential deals after every ruling during the ongoing process.

The Associated Press noted Tuesday that U.S. district judge Paul Crotty granted a temporary restraining order to Elliott allowing him to remain active for the Cowboys until presiding judge Katherine Polk Failla's return from vacation, with the next hearing scheduled for Oct. 30.

The NFL announced the six-game suspension in August following a year-long investigation into former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson's allegations of domestic violence.

"The commissioner carefully considered the issues raised by the [NFL Players Association] on your behalf regarding witness credibility and alternative causation theories," an NFL letter to Elliott read. "However, in the commissioner's judgment, there has been no persuasive evidence presented on your behalf with respect to how Ms. Thompson's obvious injuries were incurred other than conjecture based on the presence of some of her bruising, which pre-dates your arrival in Columbus on July 16, 2016."

Elliott released a statement saying he "strongly" disagreed with the decision. He was not charged with a crime in the case.

For now, the Cowboys playmaker will maintain his place atop Dallas' backfield depth chart as the team prepares for Sunday's road game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

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