SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - We know Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott will be allowed to play in this weekend's season opener against the New York Giants, but whether he plays in the weeks after that may well be decided by U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant III later today.
Mazzant is set to rule by 5 p.m. Friday on whether to grant Elliott's request for a temporary restraining order against the National Football League, who suspended the league's reigning leading rusher for six games following an investigation into alleged domestic violence committed by Elliott against his ex-girlfriend last summer in Ohio.
If Mazzant grants the TRO, Elliott will be allowed to play the entire season while the case remains tied up in the courts.
Elliott arrived in person with his legal team in Sherman on Tuesday, during which the NFL conceded Tuesday in Sherman federal court that because of the timing of the decision, Elliott would be eligible to play week 1 against the Giants.
By the end of the hearing, it was announced by Elliott's and the NFL Players Association defense team that Harold Henderson had rendered his decision on Elliott's appeal and upheld the NFL's six game suspension of the All-Pro running back.
Elliott's suspension could start Tuesday, barring a temporary restraining order being issued against the league on Friday's self-imposed deadline by Judge Mazzant.