Judge Failla Rejects NFL's Request to 'Speed Up' Ezekiel Elliott Hearing

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2017

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Judge Katherine Polk Failla rejected the NFL's motion to expedite the hearing on a preliminary injunction granted to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, which has put a temporary stay on his six-game suspension.

Sports attorney Daniel Wallach passed along the decision. Failla, who is on vacation, will return for a hearing at 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 30.

Elliott, 22, has played in the Cowboys' first six games during the appeal process. The legal proceedings have had a number of turns, including the initial temporary injunction being overturned because Elliott's legal team filed its motion before an NFL arbitrator ruled on the suspension.

The current restraining order could be overturned by Failla, which would force Elliott to serve his suspension during the 2017 season. If Failla rules "irreparable harm" would be done to Elliott while the legal proceedings are ongoing, she would likely continue the stay and allow him to play.

The Cowboys moved to 3-3 Sunday thanks in large part to the play of Elliott, who accounted for 219 total yards and three touchdowns in a 40-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He has gone over 100 total yards in four of the Cowboys' six games, including each of the last three.

"He's done a great job of blocking it out, to be honest with you," Cowboys receiver Brice Butler told NFL.com's Michael Silver of Elliott. "He just stays even keel. For him, this is an escape. Out here (on the field), he doesn't have to deal with it."

The NFL initially suspended Elliott six games in August after a yearlong investigation into domestic violence accusations made by his former girlfriend. The league determined Elliott had been violent against the woman on multiple occasions, though he was never charged with a crime.

He has denied all wrongdoing throughout the proceedings. 


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