Giants' Week 1 focus: Stop whoever Cowboys have at running back

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ORIGINAL: Multiple reports indicate that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot will be eligible to play on Sunday against the New York Giants, regardless of the outcome of his appeal for his six-game suspension by the NFL.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported at 7:25 p.m. that Elliott's six-game suspension has been up held by arbitrator Harold Henderson.

US District Judge Amos Mazzant said he would rule on Elliott's request for a temporary restraining order by Friday.

Elliott's legal team could drag this out for quite some time, so it's possible he plays beyond Sunday night's game against the New York Giants. To that end, the judge asked counsel whether it was prepared to allow Mr. Elliott's suspension, if upheld, to begin after week one allowing him time to make that ruling.

After an investigation that took over a year, the league informed Elliott that he will be suspended for six games and warned him about any further violations. That unit was one of the NFL's worst in 2015 but No. 2 a year ago in allowing just 17.8 points per game.

The league said there was "substantial and persuasive evidence" that Elliott had physical confrontations last summer with his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. In addition to Elliott's appeal, the NFL player's union has since sued the league on behalf of Elliott in what they consider an "unfair process".

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The filing also said that Roberts told Lisa Friel, who investigates domestic violence cases for the National Football League, of her views but was never allowed to convey them to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell or the "independent advisors". It appears that he must have been swayed by the evidence presented by the league - facts backed up by league doctors - that indicated Elliott was the only one with Thompson when the bruises were incurred.

In his suit the running back claims there was a "league-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives.to hide critical information", according to CBS Sports.

Roberts didn't find Thompson to be credible and said there was not enough evidence to warrant discipline, yet her notes were not in the final investigative report and she was barred from a meeting with Goodell when a final decision was rendered. Assaulting a spouse (allegedly in Elliott's case) should warrant a serious suspension.

Inquiring minds want to know: What's going on with Ezekiel Elliott's suspension appeal? Elliott's lawyers said they plan to challenge the decision in federal court. Think about that. Sure, Dallas may be quick to forgive, but you can believe fans in NY and Philadelphia will be ready with signs and chatter - at games and online - saying Elliott is nothing but an abusive ex.

Elliott was tremendous as a rookie with 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading a rushing attack that averaged 149.75 yards per game behind a line that features three All-Pros in left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin.

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