Were the courtroom challenges worth it for Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys and the NFLPA?

Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension went into effect after Thursday’s court ruling, according to the NFL. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Opening Thought

The NFL Players Association fought what it felt was the good fight in the Ezekiel Elliott case, challenging the NFL’s six-game suspension of the second-year running back for the Dallas Cowboys in federal courts because it believed that Elliott had been wronged and that the league’s system of justice under Commissioner Roger Goodell is deeply flawed.

Elliott spoke of clearing his name.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had his player’s back, saying that Elliott had not been treated fairly by the league. And oh, by the way, the Cowboys also need Elliott in their lineup desperately, Jones acknowledged as well.

But the result that was probably inevitable all along has become reality. The NFLPA, Elliott and the Cowboys have lost in the legal tussle over a preliminary injunction to keep Elliott’s suspension on hold while the NFLPA’s underlying legal challenge of his suspension plays out in court.

Elliott has begun serving his six-game suspension under the personal conduct policy and, barring yet another last-minute legal twist, will not play Sunday when the Cowboys face the Falcons

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/11/10/were-the-courtroom-challenges-worth-it-for-ezekiel-elliott-the-cowboys-and-the-nflpa/

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