NFL spokesman on Ezekiel Elliott status: "The suspension is in place and anyone who tells you otherwise is not accurate."
Reports continue to float around that Elliott will again be able to play. But the NFL and the NFLPA seem to disagree on Judge Amos Mazzant's new order. The Fifth Circuit is expected to provide clarity Monday or Tuesday, several reports say. We're suggesting Elliott owners hold off doing anything drastic until there is more clarity in the situation.
This isn't a confirmation from the team, but Bryan Broaddus is a knowledgeable Cowboys source and his guess is that Darren McFadden, not Alfred Morris, would replace Ezekiel Elliott if the Cowboys' starting RB were to miss time due to a suspension.
McFadden hasn't suited up during the regular season. He was last seen in the preseason rushing 20 times for 102 yards for a yards-per-carry average of 5.1. McFadden is a more versatile back than Morris, and could provide a bigger spark to the offense over the former Washington back, but it's all a guessing game at this point. We currently have Morris ranked ahead of McFadden in our rest-of-season rankings.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart on the latest Ezekiel Elliott suspension news:
"Mr. Elliott is now suspended. He will not play over the next six games unless there’s some other affirmative judgement."
The Cowboys are on a bye this week, which gives fantasy owners a week's reprieve of making any Elliott lineup decisions. Until there's an update on the situation, prepare for an NFL without Elliott until Week 13.
A federal appeals court overturned a district court's decision in the Ezekiel Elliott case Thursday, meaning the Dallas Cowboys running back's six-game suspension has been reinstated. The Cowboys have a bye this week.
The 5th Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL that the district court did not have subject matter jurisdiction in Elliott case after hearing oral arguments from the league and NFL Players Association lawyers earlier this month. It vacates the preliminary injunction and directs an order to the lower court to dismiss the case.
However, the NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in order to keep Elliott playing, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program.
Adam Schefter: As a practical matter, Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension goes back into effect but...his lawyers still can refile in Dallas or fight it in NY.
Jason La Canfora: Big win in court for NFL with Elliott suspension being vacated. Would expect NFLPA to appeal but timetable for that filing to be heard murky.
At this point, it's not clear if Elliott will be able to play Week 7 (after his camp files another temporary restraining order) or if he'll return in Week 13 after his suspension. Elliott owners should not cut him-he's too valuable for the fantasy playoffs-but it's not completely clear who the RB2 is in Dallas. Darren McFadden seemed to be slated that role for most of the summer, but he's been a healthy scratch for the last few weeks. Alfred Morris has been active on game days, has the second most carries on the team, and is the most likely to see lead back duties if/when Elliott misses time. McFadden could serve as a change-of-pace/third down back since he's much better than Morris in the passing game. In short, this is shaping up to be a Morris/McFadden committee, but it's possible that the Cowboys have a different plan in mind, involving McFadden as the lead back, or Rod Smith or Keith Smith serving as the passing down back instead of McFadden. Regardless, it's worthwhile to consider adding Morris or McFadden if they are available. Morris is the priority in all scoring formats, but the gap is narrower in PPR leagues.
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 3:13pm
Monitor reports to see if there's any indication if he'll play his usual number of starter snaps, but this is great news not only for Adams but fantasy owners in a plus match-up against the Cowboys.
Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:29pm
Adams, who suffered a concussion in last week's game versus the Bears has set a precedent in the past for playing after dealing with a head injury. Last season he played in a game four days after suffering a concussion. If he plays, you'll want to start him. He's currently ranked as our No. 28 WR in PPR leagues.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:08pm
Sure, Bennett has been a focal point for the Green Bay Packers’ offense, but the gem of general manager Ted Thompson’s free-agent class hasn’t quite taken off as many expected.
Rodgers wants that to change.
“We’ve got to get Marty involved early,” Rodgers said after Bennett caught six passes in last Thursday’s win over the Chicago Bears.
It was a rough three games to start the season for Bennett, who dropped two passes (it would have been double that had two drops not been wiped out by penalty) against the Falcons and one against the Bengals. His three drops rank tied for first among tight ends with Jimmy Graham and tied for third in the league among all players. Bennett was targeted seven times against the Bears catching six but for a total of just 39 yards. With injuries to Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery, Bennett could be a valuable target.
Oral arguments for Ezekiel Elliott's hearing in his legal case against the NFL regarding his six-game suspension took place Monday at the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Elliott himself did not attend the hearing, but NFLPA lawyer Jeffrey Kessler made arguments on his behalf against the NFL's attorney, Pratik Shah, in front of a three-judge panel. The NFL was seeking an emergency stay of a lower court ruling that allows Elliott to play while the appeal of his six-game suspension is adjudicated in the courts.
The hearing ended without a ruling, and it's not clear just yet when a ruling will come.
Judge Edward C. Prado did say it would come as soon as possible, according to Kate Hairopolous of the Dallas Morning News, the story went on to say. If there is no ruling by Tuesday, there was no decision on whether or not Elliott could play in Week 5, which is similar to the Week 1 situation where Elliott was allowed to play.
Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:18pm
WR Smokey Brown and T D.J. Humphries won't play against #Cowboys, head coach Bruce Arians said.
Related player: J.J. Nelson
Through two weeks, Nelson has 10 catches for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 targets. With John Brown struggling to get healthy, Nelson should continue to see expanded snaps and targets. This week, he has a nice matchup with a Dallas defense that yielded a combined 12 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns to Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:44pm
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