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National Football League files motion to dismiss NFLPA's Elliott petition
September 24 2017, 01:18 | Irvin Gilbert
Pressure is on for NFL to reach Ezekiel Elliott decision by Monday, report says
The NFL Players Association filed a request in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday to block any suspension upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson involving Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
A source also told Graziano NFL director of investigations Kia Wright Roberts-who testified she was the only member of the investigative committee to interview Thompson-recommended no suspension for Elliott and disclosed this information to Henderson during the appeal hearing. Even though Elliott was not formally charged by police, the NFL still suspended him for violating the league's personal conduct code.
Asked if the testimony of Roberts weakened the NFL's case against Elliott, the league source said: "It speaks for itself". However, her testimony at Elliott's appeal hearing appears to indicate that she wasn't included in the process associated with meting out discipline.
But Roberts was not at the meeting, where Friel recommended a six-game suspension to Goodell.
According to the letter Elliott received informing him of the suspension three weeks ago, the National Football League believed he used "physical force" three times in a span of five days in a Columbus, Ohio, apartment last July resulting in injuries to Thompson's face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, hips and knees.
If Henderson rules that Elliott remains suspended for any stretch of games, the court then can decide to stay the suspension while it reviews the matter, and Elliott could potentially be allowed to play while the case works its way through the courts.
Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing is expected to be a lengthy process.
The NFLPA alleged in the filing that "there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives ....to hide critical information - which would completely exonerate Elliott".
The NFLPA also said Henderson denied attempts by Elliott's attorneys to have Thompson testify.
Our models project Elliott for 916.2 rushing yards, 301.9 receiving yards, and 8.5 touchdowns, assuming he plays only 10 games this season.