Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

National Football League moves to reverse halt to Elliott's ban

National Football League moves to reverse halt to Elliott's ban

Despite the league appealing Mazzant's ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, it won't keep Elliott from playing this season.

I've beeen a firm believer that Chaz Green is the Dallas Cowboys fifth best offensive lineman, but it's been a little hard to argue that point since he can't manage to stay on the field.

As the league was busy defending its suspension and investigation in a Dallas court last week after Elliott appealed, the tone-deaf NFL said on Friday it finally was getting around to suspending Brown six games. Elliott strongly denies the allegations. She testified at the appeal that she didn't think Thompson was credible and didn't support any punishment for Elliott. In the fourth quarter, perhaps prompted by less-than-glowing social-media reviews of Collinsworth's earlier comment, Al Michaels finally gave a quick, three-sentence synopsis of Elliott's case between plays.

U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III last week weighed in on Elliott's side, questioning in the fairness of the NFL's disciplinary process.

"Well, that was about whether or not the player had misrepresented to the commissioner", Jones said.

"We strongly believe that the investigation and evidence supported the Commissioner's decision and that the process was meticulous and fair throughout", the National Football League said in a statement.

Mazzant also ruled that Henderson erred in not allowing some investigators' notes to be presented on appeal.

The NFL has yet to respond other than issuing a statement disagreeing with the ruling. "Unfortunately, this cloud followed Elliott into the arbitration proceedings", Mazzant wrote.

Elliott has been involved with domestic violence before, including an incident where he broke a gentleman's nose at a Dallas bar.

Asked about the thought process in that situation, Garrett said: "Don't really think that much about what people's reactions are outside of our building". His biggest play was a 30-yard catch-and-run, easily the most open field he saw against one of the league's best run defenses a year ago.

The start of the 2017 season for the Dallas Cowboys began the only way it could, in prime time.

That court falls under the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which previous year backed Goodell's four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" case.

Essentially the league wants to crank up the legal process - and is asking the judges involved in the cases and appeals - to expedite things because the league could suffer irreparable harm if it cannot enforce suspensions in a timely fashion.

Columbus, Ohio, prosecutors declined to pursue charges because of conflicting and inconsistent information. It's been 14 months like I said.

But for now, Elliott is allowed to play, and he showed his value Sunday night.

After Collinsworth alluded to "the other" Elliott at the start of Football Night in America, the broadcast team painstakingly went through the day's highlights, injury news, an update on Colin Kaepernick's status, a report on Andrew Luck's shoulder, and an analysis of Scott Tolzien's quarterback play that went on about two minutes too long.

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