Wow, I don’t know what we’re going to talk about over the next five weeks but I can tell you who we won’t be—finally—Ezekiel Elliott.
That’s because the Cowboys running back has finally cried the legal equivalent of “uncle” after ending his protracted legal battle against the NFL yesterday when he dropped his (what was it 48th?) appeal and will now serve the remaining five games of his suspension.
“This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape,” Elliott’s agents said in a statement. “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. This decision is in no way an admission of wrong doing, 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.”
Elliott won’t be eligible to play again until the final two weeks of the regular season when the Cowboys face the Seahawks on Christmas Eve and what will be a huge season finale on the road against the current best team in their division—and all of the NFL—the Eagles.
They need to make up some ground now so that Elliot can play more than just two more games when he gets back.