Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will halt the appeals process and serve his full six-game suspension.
Elliott’s lawyers made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, bringing an end to the months-long legal battle between Zeke and the NFL over a suspension for alleged domestic violence.
“Mr. Elliott’s desire for closure in this matter is in his best interest, as well as the best interests of his teammates, family and friends,” lawyers Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano said in a statement to the NFL Network. “This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and 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 publicly exposing the NFL’s mismanagement of its disciplinary process.”
An emergency motion filed by the Cowboys running back’s legal team was denied by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week. Elliott missed the first of his six games last Sunday in a Dallas loss at Atlanta.
Elliott will miss games against the Eagles, Chargers, Redskins, Giants and Raiders. His first game back will be Dec. 24 vs the Seahawks.
Elliott’s suspension has been weaving through the courts since he was ordered in August to serve the ban for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The suspension came after the NFL investigated his alleged use of force in the summer of 2016 against his girlfriend.
Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal.