Ezekiel Elliott withdrawing appeal of six-game suspension, according to report

Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott Elliott will miss the next five Cowboys games starting

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is dropping the appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, his agents said Wednesday in a statement obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The NFLPA still can pursue its lawsuit against the NFL on Elliott's behalfeven though he's accepted the terms of the suspension. This put his suspension on hold until the injunction reached the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on October 12. "Mr. Elliott's desire for closure in this matter is in his best interest, as well as the best interests of his teammates, family and friends". A hearing had been scheduled for December 1, where Elliot was looking to get a preliminary injunction to delay the six-game suspension.

He'll serve the five remaining games of the suspension in weeks 11-15, and will be able to return on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks.

Since Goodell issued his decision to suspend Elliott in August, Elliott has maintained his innocence and fought what he and his lawyers believe is a fundamentally unfair league disciplinary process.

The latest ruling came Thursday when the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Elliott's motion for a preliminary injunction pending appeal within an hour of hearing 35 minutes of arguments from representatives for Elliott and the NFL.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 in OH with his girlfriend at the time. His lawyers and the NFL Players Association said the arbitration process lacked "fundamental fairness", with Harold Henderson serving as the NFL's hand-picked arbitrator and the league's lead investigator, Kia Roberts, not being involved in the meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell that led to the discipline.

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

Still, losing Elliott at this point in the season is less than ideal for the Cowboys. "He's going to get away, and he's doing some things that will help his career and his life and so, no, I'm not as concerned about that".

Elliott has put up 993 total yards and nine touchdowns in eight games this season. They will have Alfred Morris, Rod Smith, and Darren McFadden as their running backs while Elliot serves the rest of his suspension.

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