Ezekiel Elliott Suspension May Finally Be Served

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension May Finally Be Served

The Ezekiel Elliott suspension looks like it might finally happen, as a US District judge has denied the Cowboys running back his latest request for a preliminary injunction against the NFL. However, the judge has given his legal team 24 hours to appeal the ruling, so the sorry saga isn’t yet all the way over. It’s unclear exactly how long Elliott or his team are willing to fight this NFL overreach, and it may be better to just let it go. After all, Elliott wouldn’t be the first victim of the league’s arbitrary and unhinged disciplinary system.

For Cowboys fans, fantasy players, and sports bettors, an Ezekiel Elliott suspension might be more impactful than previously thought. After his stellar rookie season where he rushed for a league-leading 1631 yards and 15 touchdowns, his sophomore campaign got off to a slow start. Over the first five contests of the 2017-2018 season, Elliott averaged 79 yards per game and scored only two rushing touchdowns as the Cowboys went 2-3. Had he simply served his suspension to start the season, Elliott would have returned to action for the Cowboys’ game against the Redskins in Week 8.

Instead, Elliott will now likely serve his suspension after finally getting into midseason form and leading the Cowboys to their first back-to-back wins of the season. In those wins, Elliott has rushed for 297 yards and four touchdowns, adding another 76 yards and a score on the receiving end. Had Ezekiel Elliott simply served his suspension starting in Week 1, he’d be back by now. And in hindsight, the Cowboys probably could have gotten its three wins over that stretch – against the Giants, Cardinals, and 49ers – without him. Now, Elliott is likely to miss the actual meat of the Cowboys season, including crucial games against the Chiefs, Falcons, and Eagles.

On the betting side, Dallas’ Week 9 tilt against 6-2 Kansas City is not yet listed at most USA online sportsbooks. Once official word comes down about Elliott’s latest appeal, you can expect your favorite site to post all the regular game lines and props you’re used to. (At Bovada, the Cowboys are still sitting at +1800 to win the Super Bowl and +900 to take the NFC title, as these odds haven’t been updated to reflect the Ezekiel Elliot suspension. If you think Jerry Jones’ crew can achieve either of these without Elliott suiting up for the next six games, those odds are about to get a lot more profitable.)