Ezekiel Elliott Granted Administrative Stay, Allowed to Play Sunday Against Chiefs

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a request for an administrative stay to the NFL Players Association on behalf of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The decision means Elliott’s six-game suspension is on hold once again and he is preparing to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 2nd Circuit said its brief order does not constitute a resolution on the merits of the court case.

A panel of federal judges will convene next week to hear Elliott’s request for an injunction that overturns Judge Katherine Polk Failla’s ruling from Monday.

Elliott could still start serving the suspension as early as next week if the ruling is not in his favor.

Speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said, “I’ve never seen such an ambiguous circumstance as to whether or not you’re going to have a player that can impact the game the way Zeke does.”

Elliott received the six-game suspension on Aug. 11 for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy related to domestic violence allegations by a former girlfriend. He was never charged with a crime by the Columbus, Ohio, authorities who investigated the allegations.

With the stay of suspension, Elliott arrived at the Cowboys practice facility Friday morning. He was not with the team on Wednesday and Thursday, per league rules.

In a brief meeting with Jason Garrett, Elliott told the coach he was ready to go and then headed off to offensive meetings and the walk-through before the Cowboys hold their final full practice of the week.

“My energy level is high like the rest of this team,” Elliott said. “I think everyone is excited …It seemed like a burst of adrenaline in this team when I came in the locker room and everyone saw me and realized I was going this week. We’re all just excited to go out there and get better as a team this week and try to get another win.”

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SOURCE: ESPN, Todd Archer