Ezekiel Elliott decides to drop appeal, will serve entire six-game suspension

Posted November 16, 2017

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has chose to drop any appeals of his six-game suspension, according to a statement first reported by the NFL Network.

His agents Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano said in a statement: "In consultation with the NFLPA [NFL Players Association] and his lawyers, and after careful deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr. Elliott has chose to forego any further appeals and will serve the remaining suspension".

This signals that Elliott will let the entire process play out and will be slated to make a return in Week 16 on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks.

Authorities in Columbus never filed charges, but the NFL suspended Elliott after a yearlong investigation for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

After moving through from the league office through four courts - in Texas, New Orleans and New York - Elliott and the NFL Player's Association are withdrawing their appeal of his suspension, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

It's also true that Elliott's quest for 1,000 depends on how his team plays during his absence.

But, quarterback Dak Prescott and the rest of the Cowboys' offense will have to figure it out over the course of the next several weeks, because Elliott has decided it's time to stop the fight.

"Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by he and his team resulted in disclosing many hidden truths regarding this matter as well (as) publicly exposing the NFL's mismanagement of its disciplinary process". Elliott, 22, was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.

The NFLPA still has the option to pursue its lawsuit against the NFL even with Elliott accepting the terms of the suspension.

It appears the drama between Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and the National Football League has finally come to an end.

Elliott will be back this season, after he misses five more games.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been critical of Goodell's handling of the situation and recently escalated his attacks on the Commissioner.

The second-year running back is reportedly spending his suspension out of the country to "clear his head".

Elliott has put up 993 total yards and nine touchdowns in eight games this season.

Now sitting at 5-4 with a critical divisional match up against the Philadelphia Eagles on the horizon, the Cowboys must find answers which they did not have last Sunday.