Elliott roulette wheel lands on suspended again

The Associated Press

NEW YORK– Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s half-season run from his six-game suspension ended Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to let him play while it considers his appeal.

A bespectacled Elliott in a suit and tie sat directly in front of a three-judge panel that considered a request from the NFL Players Association that he be allowed to play. But the court issued an order in less than an hour disqualifying him from Sunday’s game at Atlanta. It appears he’ll miss all of November’s games since the court set a Dec. 1 hearing for oral arguments on the merits of the union’s appeal.

The suspension was ordered in August as discipline after the league investigated allegations he used force against his girlfriend in the summer of 2016. Elliott vehemently denied the allegations as recently as last week, saying he was not an abuser.

A federal appeals court last month tossed out his court challenge in Texas, but the league’s request for a New York court to affirm that it had acted properly led a Manhattan judge to rule last month that Elliott must begin his suspension. After the union appealed, the lower-court decision was temporarily stayed, allowing Elliott to play last Sunday.

Elsewhere:

n New York Jets running back Matt Forte sat out practice for the second straight day with swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. Forte had a season-high 77 yards rushing last Thursday night against Buffalo, but is uncertain to play Sunday at Tampa Bay. He had arthroscopic surgery on the knee in the offseason to repair a torn meniscus. Coach Todd Bowles said that the knee swelled.

n The New England Patriots claimed tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers, a day after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers for “failing to disclose a physical condition. The 30-year-old then sat out practice Wednesday and was listed as having a shoulder injury as Green Bay began preparations for its game Sunday at Chicago.

n Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh sat out practice Thursday because of a knee injury but said he hopes to play Monday at Carolina. Suh left Sunday’s loss to Oakland due to the injury, and then returned and finished the game. He hasn’t missed a start because of injury in his eight-year career. Right tackle Ja’Wuan James’ left hamstring injury could be a long-term issue, and he’s undergoing further medical evaluation, coach Adam Gase said.

n One day after Vontae Davis complained publicly about how the Indianapolis Colts handled his demotion, his locker was empty and the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback was cut after 5-plus seasons with the team. He had 21 tackles, no interceptions and two passes defensed this season.

n Detroit coach Jim Caldwell says guard T.J. Lang is going through the concussion protocol. Caldwell said Thursday that Lang was having no issues until the start of practice Wednesday. He began feeling ill and was taken out of practice.

n The NFL expects a five-year contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell to be finalized soon, despite a threatened lawsuit by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said that “our expectation is this will be wrapped up soon, but we can’t project an actual date.”

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