|Date of Birth:||07/22/1995|
|Drafted:||2016 | Round 1 | Pick 4|
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Ezekiel Elliott scores in Divisional Round loss.
Elliott carried 20 times for 47 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for 19 yards in the Cowboys' playoff loss. His score came on a goal-line carry in the third quarter. As the stats indicate, the Rams did an excellent job of limiting the league's leading rusher, as there simply wasn't much room to run and there were a few plays where he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage. Elliott enters 2019 as a prime candidate for a contract extension after leading the league in rushing in two of his first three seasons, and he'll be set for among the heaviest workloads in the NFL next season. Elliott will be among the safest selections in 2019 fantasy drafts.
Ezekiel Elliott gets 30 touches in Dallas' playoff win.
Elliott carried 26 times for 137 yards and a touchdown along with four receptions for 32 yards in the Wild Card Weekend victory against the Seahawks. As usual, Elliott ran the ball well and moved forward for positive yardage throughout the night. His score came on a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that was set up by a Dak Prescott quarterback run a couple plays before. Zeke set a new career-high in first-half rushing with 91 yards in the victory, and the NFL's leading rusher will almost certainly get another 25-30+ touches in the Divisional Round next weekend.
Ezekiel Elliott is inactive for Week 17.
Elliott has racked up 381 touches this season, so the Cowboys are being smart and resting him ahead of their postseason run. Guard Zack Martin is also not playing, but the rest of the starters are likely to get some time but could potentially just leave the game after a series or two if things go well, making Dak Prescott and others relatively difficult to trust in fantasy lineups. Elliott’s regular season ends with 304 carries for 1,434 yards and six touchdowns along with 77 receptions for 567 yards and three touchdowns. Unless Saquon Barkley runs for 236 yards, Elliott will have his third rushing title in his first three NFL seasons. The Ohio State product has been one of the steadiest fantasy-football assets since entering the league, and owners that selected him must have been happy with his production in 2018—unfortunately those with titles on the line in Week 17 must clinch a championship without him, though.
Ezekiel Elliott gets 23 touches against the Buccaneers.
Elliott carried 18 times for 85 yards along with five receptions for 24 yards in the Cowboys' Week 16 win. As usual, Zeke ran the ball well and picked up positive yardage after contact by finishing runs strong. It was an adequate performance for fantasy owners, with a touchdown as the only thing missing to make it a really good day. For Week 17, Elliott says the team should play to build some momentum heading into the postseason, but there's a chance Dallas' starters are rested while locked into the No. 4 seed. At the very least 20-25+ touches might be a little extreme for Elliott after his heavy workload this season.
Ezekiel Elliott gets 25 touches in Week 15.
Elliott carried 18 times for 87 yards and caught seven passes for 41 yards along with a fumble lost in the loss to the Colts. He briefly left the game with an ankle injury, but he appears to be fine. As usual, Zeke powered forward to pick up positive yardage on his carries, and this was a fine showing considering Dallas' offense was shut out. Fantasy wise, the turning point for Elliott was a fourth-down carry deep in the red zone, as instead of potentially punching it in for a touchdown, the Colts stuffed the run and forced an Elliott fumble. This makes it six straight games with at least 25 touches for Elliott, and he'll be one of the best fantasy options in championship weeks when he faces the Bucs next Sunday.
Ezekiel Elliott goes over 100 yards again in Week 14.
Elliot carried 28 times for 113 yards along with 12 receptions for 79 yards in the big win against the Eagles. This makes it six straight games with 100+ total yards for Elliott, who has at least 140 total yards in each of his four games against the Eagles (and a 4-0 record against them). Elliott will obviously remain a high-end RB1 for the second week of the fantasy playoffs against the Colts.
Ezekiel Elliott has returned for the Cowboys.
Elliott missed several plays while getting looked at on the sideline, but he's back in the game on the same series, which is a good sign. He's probably fine and will look to do some damage down the stretch against the Eagles as the Cowboys look to take a two-game lead in the NFC East.
Ezekiel Eliott leaves game with apparent injury.
It looks like a left-arm injury for Elliott, though there's a chance it's some type of head injury, as it occurred when he lowered his head while running down the sideline. Elliott is currently getting looked at by trainers, and we'll update you as more information becomes available.
Ezekiel Elliott handles 29 touches as Cowboys upset the Saints, 13-10.
Elliott rushed 23 times for 76 yards, also adding six receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a well-executed screen pass from 16 yards away in the first half, and that was enough with the Cowboys playing stout defense all night. Zeke's involvement as a receiver has really boosted his fantasy value in all formats this year, and he should again be a high-floor, must-start RB1 for next week's matchup against the Eagles.
Ezekiel Elliott scores against the Redskins on Thanksgiving.
Elliott carried 26 times for 121 yards and a touchdown while adding five receptions for 22 yards in this afternoon's 31-23 victory to bring the Cowboys into a tie for first place in the NFC East. Elliott now has three straight games with at least 120 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, so he's about as good as it gets right now. Next Thursday against the Saints is a difficult matchup, but Zeke will obviously remain an RB1.
Ezekiel Elliott scores in Cowboys' win.
Elliott was given 30 touches against the Falcons, carrying 23 times for 122 yards and a touchdown along with seven receptions for 79 yards. Elliott led the team in every category (carries, rushing yards, touchdowns, receptions, targets, receiving yards), as he was a workhorse for Dallas. On Thanksgiving he faces a Redskins team that limited him to 33 yards on 15 attempts earlier this season, but he remains an obvious RB1 option for Week 12.
Ezekiel Elliott dominates on 25 touches as Dallas picks up a huge victory over the Eagles.
Elliott rushed 19 times for 151 yards and a touchdown, also adding six carries for 36 yards and another score in a 27-20 win. It was the best game of the year for Zeke, who was just bottled up in losses to Washington and Tennessee, as Dallas badly needed a victory to stay alive in the NFC East and possibly even save jobs. Elliott needs to continue being featured for the Cowboys down the stretch, including next Sunday against the Falcons after they were just shredded by Cleveland's rookie runner Nick Chubb. He's back as a solid RB1.
Ezekiel Elliott handles 21 touches in loss to the Titans.
Elliott rushed 17 times for 61 yards and caught four-of-five targets for 51 yards. It was a close game throughout despite the 28-14 final score, but Dallas probably didn't give Zeke enough touches, particularly late in the game. At the season's midway point, Elliott is on pace for 1,360 yards and just six touchdowns on the ground with a 58/452/2 pace as a receiver. He remains an RB1 the rest of the way, but it will be the low-end variety for Week 10 in Philadelphia.
Ezekiel Elliott can't get much going in Cowboys' loss.
The Redskins basically shut down Elliott, who had 15 carries for 33 yards and two receptions for nine yards in Dallas' Week 7 loss. There simply wasn't much room to run for the third-year running back. The Cowboys will attempt to get things sorted out during their bye before facing another tough defense (the Titans) on Monday night in Week 9.
Ezekiel Elliott scores against the Jaguars.
The Cowboys played an excellent game against Jacksonville, and Elliott ran the ball well in the Week 6 win, carrying 24 times for 106 yards and a touchdown while also adding one reception for 11 yards. The score was a 15-yarder in the fourth quarter, putting emphasis on the 40-7 blowout victory. Elliott will remain an excellent RB1 in Week 7 against Washington.
Ezekiel Elliott bottled up on 27 touches as Dallas falls to Houston in overtime.
Elliott rushed 20 times f0r 54 yards, also adding seven receptions for 30 yards. The workload is obviously extremely encouraging, but a lack of playmakers on the perimeter allowed the Texans to stack the box, which will certainly be the formula for Jacksonville next Sunday. Zeke still leads the league in rushing and has been more involved as a receiver, but the Cowboys haven't been that dominant up front, which caps his upside and lowers his floor. Running room won't be easy to come by next weekend.
Ezekiel Elliott explodes for over 200 yards in Cowboys' win.
The Lions came into the game with the best pass defense in the NFL in terms of yardage, so the Cowboys attacked on the ground by feeding Elliott. Elliott had 25 carries for 152 yards and added four receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. The score was a screen pass that went for 38 yards. The 240 total yards was a career high for the third-year running back, and he became the first player in the NFL with 200+ scrimmage yards in a game this season. Elliott is on pace for 292 carries, 1,704 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 60 receptions, 500 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns through four games. Look for the Cowboys to give him another 20+ touches in Week 5.
Ezekiel Elliott goes over 100 yards in Cowboys' loss.
Elliott received 16 carries against the Seahawks, gaining 127 yards, and he added three receptions for 11 yards. Zeke gashed Seattle's defense for chunk yardage throughout the game, but he did have a costly fumble at the end of a long run. This was the first 100-yard game of the season for Elliott, but it was also the first he didn't score a touchdown. Overall, Elliott is providing solid production for fantasy owners that took him early in drafts. Look for Elliott to get closer to 20-25 carries in Week 4 against the Lions.
Ezekiel Elliott scores in SNF win over the Giants.
Elliott rushed 17 times for 78 yards and a touchdown, which came from six yards out in the fourth quarter. He also caught five passes but gained just nine yards. Zeke didn't have a ton of room to run for most of the night, but fantasy owners were saved with a late score. We'll see if the sans Travis Frederick offensive line can move Seattle's banged up front next Sunday, but Elliott no longer looks like a shoo-in top-five play.
Zeke not fed in Week 1 loss to the Panthers.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, also adding three receptions for 17 yards. On a day where Dallas struggled to get the passing game going, they probably should have given Elliott closer to 30 carries than the 15 he received—even against a tough Carolina front. We would expect a heavy workload for Zeke next Sunday night against the Giants, but Travis Frederick being out is a big blow and could leave the Cowboys' offensive centerpiece outside the top five at the position in our rankings.
Ezekiel Elliott says he's been studying Marshall Faulk's game.
Zeke is preparing for an increased workload as a receiver this season, so he's studying one of the best receiving backs in the history of the league. According to The Dallas Morning News, Elliott says being split out and used as a receiver more this year is "just an opportunity to elevate my game, an opportunity to show that I can do more." With Dez Bryant and Jason Witten gone, it's been pretty clear Elliott is going to have his role increase as a receiver in 2018. Elliott offers monster touchdown and yardage upside, and he should be a top-five selection in all fantasy drafts.
David Helman of DallasCowboys.com sees Ezekiel Elliott's floor at 2,000 total yards.
The staff of the team's official site gave their thoughts on how Elliott would respond after he had a challenging season in 2017 in which the four-game suspension he eventually had to serve hung over his head. All of the staff agrees that Elliott will be extremely motivated and will be better because of his 2017 situation. Helman says it might sound crazy but he's "looking at 2,000 all-purpose yards as the floor." That would be 200 standard fantasy points right off the bat, which would easily have Elliott as a top-ten option at RB. While calling 2,000 total yards the floor might be a stretch, there's no doubt Elliott offers a very high floor along with a ton of upside in fantasy drafts this summer.
Ezekiel Elliott goes over 100 yards against the Eagles.
It was a fine end to the season for Elliott, who carried 27 times for 103 yards along with three receptions for 38 yards in the Week 17 victory. The six-game suspension obviously derailed his season a bit, and he came up just short of 1,000 yards—something he probably isn't happy about one bit. Overall, Elliott had 242 carries for 983 yards and seven rushing touchdowns along with 26 receptions for 269 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in ten games this season. You would think he'll be determined to come back in the best shape of his life next season, and he'll have the upside of the a league-leading rusher in 2018.
Ezekiel Elliott handles 28 touches in return.
Elliott rushed 24 times for 97 yards, adding four receptions for 21 yards through the air. It was Zeke's first game back from a six-game suspension, but any storybook run for the Cowboys was erased in a 21-12 home loss to the Seahawks. Elliott will look to finish strong against what should be mostly backups for the Eagles in Week 17, so he should be a strong RB1 play.
Ezekiel Elliott is officially withdrawing his appeal.
Elliott's agents Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Elliott will not fight the suspension in court any longer. The star running back will officially be out until Week 16, so his first game back will be on Christmas Eve against the Seahawks. It's also worth noting that in the statement from Elliott's agents to Rapoport (located in the link below), they said Elliott is innocent and the NFL handled the situation poorly. Elliott himself will release his own statement in the next few weeks, and that'll be the end of this. For fantasy purposes, you need to hope for a championship appearance to get Elliott back in your lineup this season. Alfred Morris, Rod Smith, and Darren McFadden will handle the workload in Dallas' backfield over the next five games.
Ezekiel Elliott has been denied a preliminary injunction.
A decision was expected sometime tomorrow, but the Second Circuit made it quick and ruled about an hour after today's hearing finished. Elliott can appeal this decision too, but it sounds like even with an expedited appeal it will not be heard for a while. Consider Elliott likely to miss the next six games, and it comes at a brutal time for the Cowboys right in middle of the season while they're two games behind the Eagles in the NFC East. Alfred Morris is now fully expected to fill in as the starter starting this Sunday versus Atlanta, with Rod Smith and Darren McFadden mixing in. Morris might be an RB1 over these next six weeks, so you should pick him up if he's somehow available in your league. Elliott will be eligible to return in Week 16 against the Seahawks on Christmas Eve, so in most leagues fantasy owners will have to hope they can get to the championship without him.
Ezekiel Elliott's next hearing will be on Thursday.
It'll be heard at 2:00 PM ET in New York. Basically, Elliott is trying to get it so his six-game suspension remains fully on hold until the case is finished in court. This decision could be the one that (finally) determines if he will be suspended this year, so we could know by this week. However, it's possible the decision by the judges isn't made by Dallas' next game on Sunday, in which case Elliott would be eligible to play against Atlanta.
Ezekiel Elliott sees 27 carries in win over the Chiefs.
Elliott rushed 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown, as Dallas fed him after his suspension was again put on hold two days before the game. At this point, we'd assume Zeke plays the entire 2017 season, and fantasy owners are currently benefitting from Dallas feeding him like he could be done for six weeks at any moment. If he's out there, he's a high-end RB1 against Atlanta in Week 10.
Ezekiel Elliott will play in Week 9 against the Chiefs after court grants request for administrative stay.
And it continues. It seemed that Elliott's suspension was perhaps finally going to stick earlier this week, but he's delayed it once again. Fantasy owners can get him in lineups as a high-end RB1, but this could end up hurting them (and the Cowboys) if Elliott's six-game suspension begins in Week 10. A three-judge panel will now decide on Elliott's fate, and it could happen sometime next week. Alfred Morris should remain rostered, but there is a chance Zeke is on the field all season for Dallas.
Ezekiel Elliott has been denied an emergency stay.
Elliott and the NFLPA tried to get it so the running back would be back on the field this Sunday against the Chiefs despite being denied a preliminary injunction last night, but Judge Failla also denied this (unsurprisingly). Elliott can still appeal to the 2nd Circuit court, and this is not over—it just looked extremely unlikely that he'll be out there for Week 9. The Cowboys will probably go with Alfred Morris as their main runner, but Darren McFadden and Rod Smith will also work in and could emerge in the backfield.
Ezekiel Elliott has been denied a preliminary injunction.
Pending an appeal by Elliott and the NFLPA, the Cowboys will be without their star running back for the next six games, and fantasy owners that took a gamble on Ezekiel Elliott in the second or third round of fantasy drafts are getting hit hard in the middle of the season. Hopefully if you have Elliott on your fantasy team you are looking good in terms of playoff position because you might have to fill your RB1 slot with someone else from Weeks 9-14, which extends into the first week of fantasy playoffs for most leagues. Alfred Morris has been the primary backup behind Elliott this season, but there’s speculation that Darren McFadden has been inactive for the first seven games of the season to keep him fresh in this exact case. If the Cowboys don’t make their running back rotation intentions clear in the coming days, we’ll find out on Sunday against the Chiefs if there will be a great fantasy asset to emerge in Elliott’s potential absence. Pick up either one of Morris or McFadden if they are available in your league.
Ezekiel Elliott receives a career-high 33 carries in win over the Redskins.
Elliott rushed 33 times for 150 yards and two scores, as he consistently churned out yardage in the 33-19 win. He also caught a four-yard pass and lost a fumble. As FOX play-by-play man Thom Brennaman said during the broadcast, a decision on Zeke's status for the rest of the season could come early this week, so fantasy owners are hopefully prepared for it. At this point, we'd expect Elliott to play the rest of the season, and he's an obvious RB1 every time he's on the field. The Cowboys host the Chiefs next Sunday.
Ezekiel Elliott explodes in blowout win over the 49ers.
Elliott rushed 26 times for 147 yards and two scores, also taking his only reception to the house (a 72-yard sprint down the right sideline). Zeke looked fresh coming off the bye week and after successfully delaying his suspension, and he's already set to play again in Week 8 against Washington, so fantasy owners can keep him in the lineup. At this point, it seems like Elliott will play the entire season, but you should still protect him with Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden if possible.
Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is on hold again.
The Cowboys running back has been granted another temporary restraining order, this time by New York Judge Paul Crotty, to put his six-game suspension back on hold. The ruling came down to “irreparable harm,” as the NFLPA argued Elliott cannot get the missed games back if he is suspended. This isn't over yet, as a judge now needs to rule on the preliminary injunction he's asking for, which would put the suspension on hold until the case is completely resolved—but this temporary restraining order is good until October 30 or when the judge rules on the case. The bottom line is Ezekiel Elliott will be out there against the 49ers this Sunday. The back and forth with Elliott’s fate up in the air can’t help him or his team, but he’ll still be an elite RB1 against San Francisco and needs to be in all fantasy lineups.
Ezekiel Elliott's hearing is today.
Multiple reports said the Cowboys running back's hearing would be today in New York, which was correct. This is a bit confusing, but we believe Elliott tried to recall the mandate which states his suspension is effective now—and the court denied the request. So now Elliott will have the case reheard en banc, meaning the entire panel of judges in the Fifth Circuit Court will hear the case (before it was just three judges and Elliott lost, 2-1). We're assuming a decision would take at least a couple days after it is heard today, but perhaps the panel will make a quick decision on this. As of now, Elliott is suspended for Weeks 7-12 and (we believe) he needs the New York court to step in and put the suspension on hold.
NFL says Ezekiel Elliott is still suspended.
Reports from ProFootballTalk and ESPN's Josina Anderson from a few hours ago said the NFL and NFLPA were both told Elliott is not suspended until his appeal is refiled and decided on, but the NFL is coming out and saying the Cowboys running back is still suspended. Maybe we'll hear from the court on this to further clarify, but it seemed pretty clear the preliminary injunction was vacated and the suspension should be back into effect. This whole situation is just a mess and unsurprisingly has almost everyone confused. If we had to guess, the NFL will win this battle and Elliott won't be on the field in Week 7.
Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible to play until his rehearing is over.
It looks like Elliott might play in Week 7 after all. According to ProFootballTalk, Judge Mazzant has told both the NFL and NFLPA that the injunction will not officially be lifted until the Fifth Circuit Court "rules on Elliott's petition for rehearing." This could still happen ahead of Week 7, but it sounds like Elliott could be on the field when the Cowboys come out of their bye to face the 49ers next week. The NFL already made a statement that Elliott was officially suspended, so this whole thing is frankly a bit of a mess.
Ezekiel Elliott's legal team is attempting to get the preliminary injunction back.
Yesterday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Elliott's preliminary injunction, immediately making the six-game suspension active again. Now, Elliott is trying to get the entire 5th Circuit Court (three judges were on the panel for yesterday's decision) to hear the case instead of going up to New York to refile (the NFL would reportedly prefer NY). There's a chance Elliott gets the preliminary injunction reinstated, which would allow him to play (just as he has the first five games of the season) while the NFL and NFLPA continue to battle in court. Now we just wait, but for the moment count on Elliott being suspended when the Cowboys next play in Week 7 after their bye.
Ezekiel Elliott's preliminary injunction has been overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Currently, Zeke's six-game suspension is back into effect and will kick start in Week 7, as Dallas has a bye this week. There's a chance this is the end of the suspension saga for Elliott once and for all, but the Elliott can still refile in New York and attempt to get another preliminary injunction while the suspension is fought over. But for now, consider Elliott out for the Cowboys' next six games, which are against San Francisco, Washington, Kansas City, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles (Chargers). It's a huge blow to the Cowboys, but Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden are both capable of filling in for Elliott. Morris has been working as the clear number two while McFadden hasn't even been active on game days, but there's certainly a chance McFadden gets some carries too. We might not know how the workload in the backfield will be until the Cowboys face the 49ers in Week 7.
Ezekiel Elliott handles 30 touches in 35-31 loss to the Packers.
Elliott rushed 29 times for 116 yards and caught a 16-yard pass. Zeke was hurt by Dak Prescott scoring four times in the red zone, but it might have been the running back's best game of the season. He will try to heal up and hopefully avoid his suspension being upheld during the bye week. If he's good to go in Week 7, Elliott is obviously a solid RB1 against the 49ers.
Ezekiel Elliott scores twice in loss to the Rams.
The second-year back had 21 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown, along with four carries for 54 yards and a touchdown receiving. On the touchdown reception, he made a great play when he leaped in the air and extended past the goal line for the score. And the rushing touchdown came on a goal line carry. Through four games, Zeke—who has been able to play while his suspension is fought over in court—is on pace for 304 carries for 1,108 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, and 64 receptions for 472 yards and another four touchdowns through the air. He's only averaging 3.6 yards per carry and doesn't look quite as explosive running the football as he did as a rookie so far, but he's still putting up big numbers overall.
Ezekiel Elliott scores first touchdown of the season in Week 3.
Elliott and the Cowboys started off the game relatively slow, but the second-year back ended up with 22 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 14 yards. It's early in the season and Zeke didn't play much at all during the preseason, but he doesn't quite look as explosive as he did during his amazing rookie season. Still, he's getting all the work in the Cowboys backfield and will obviously be an RB1 in Week 4 against the Rams.
NFL's motion to stay Ezekiel Elliott injunction will be heard on October 2.
This means Elliott will be on the field for at least the next two weeks, but then the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear and make a ruling on the NFL wanting to have Zeke's injunction eliminated—which would mean Elliott would have to serve his suspension immediately. At least this saga will be put to bed for at least a couple of weeks until the hearing.
Broncos absolutely shut down the Cowboys running game in Week 2.
Ezekiel Elliott had nine carries for eight yards, as the Broncos very clearly focused on not allowing the Cowboys to get anything going on the ground. He also couldn't get anything going receiving, catching four passes but for only 14 yards. Zeke's frustration was evident, as he stood there and didn't run back on an interception and was shown sulking a bit on the bench. Elliott will have a much better game in Week 2 against the Cardinals, though Arizona might also try to take Zeke out of the game like Denver did.
NFL officially appeals Ezekiel Elliott preliminary injunction.
This is becoming a bit of a headache already, but in non-technical terms, the NFL is trying to get the court to reverse the decision to allow Elliott to play while the legal battle goes on. If successful, Elliott would apparently start serving his six-game suspension. The NFL asked the court to try to make a decision from September 19 to September 26. It's still likely Elliott plays the entire 2017 season, but nothing would be surprising and we'll see what comes of this.
Ezekiel Elliott gets 29 touches in Week 1 against the Giants.
Zeke picked up right where he left last year, carrying 24 times for 104 yards and adding five receptions for 36 yards. Elliott is just really good and has a knack for picking up positive yardage after contact. He'll be an elite RB1 in Week 2 versus the Broncos.
Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a preliminary injunction by Judge Mazzant.
The Cowboys running back will now be allowed to play until the legal fight over his six-game suspension is over—if we had to guess, it'll be for the entire season. The ridiculous Deflategate saga lasted well over a year, and this NFL v. NFLPA battle should allow Elliott to play for the entire 2017 season and perhaps into 2018 even if he ends up being suspended in the end. Those that took a chance on Elliott in fantasy drafts certainly look like they'll have it pay off for them. He'll be a weekly RB1.
Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension has been upheld, according to Chris Mortensen.
This isn't a surprise and was pretty much expected. Now, the NFLPA and the NFL will engage in a battle in court, which could last quite a while. The suspension was upheld, but Elliott is able to play in Week 1 against the Giants. If Elliott is granted a temporary restraining order, he would be allowed to continue playing until the situation is fully settled in court. This probably is not close to over, which is less than ideal for fantasy owners. Despite the decision by Henderson, there's still a chance Elliott plays the entire year.
Ezekiel Elliott is eligible to play in Week 1, according to Mike Fisher of CowboysHQ.com.
Fisher, who appears to be very pro-Cowboys and Zeke, cites a source inside the court room where the NFL lawyers and the NFLPA lawyers (with Elliott) currently are. According to the report, federal judge Amos Mazzant asked the NFL lawyers to answer whether Elliott is eligible to play in Week 1 amid Harold Henderson not yet making a ruling on his six-game suspension, and the NFL lawyers were "hesitant" but said Elliott would be able to play. Some more confirmation should come at some point after the court session is over, but it sounds like the Cowboys will have one of their best players to open the season against the division rival Giants.
Update: An Ezekiel Elliott decision might not come today.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, hearing officer Harold Henderson said he is "trying" to make a decision today, but it's not certain "due to volume of material." The Cowboys certainly would like Henderson to try as hard as he can, because the team has a game on Sunday. Hopefully a decision still comes today, but we'll see. Stay tuned.
Harold Henderson's ruling on Ezekiel Elliott's suspension will come today.
According to Tom Pelissero, the NFLPA filed today a response to the NFL's response to the NFLPA's initial filing and in that response, the it states Harold Henderson told both sides there will be a decision today. It's already past 1:00 PM ET, so a decision could come at any moment now, but it might not be until closer to 4:00-5:00 PM ET. If Henderson wipes out Elliott's suspension, this entire saga will end. If not, Elliott and the NFLPA will proceed in court, which could lead to Elliott being eligible to play anyway if he's granted a temporary restraining order to push back the suspension until it's settled in court.
Deadline for Ezekiel Elliott to play on Sunday does not exist.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and ESPN's Adam Schefter both reported within seconds that the supposed 4:00 PM ET deadline today for the NFL to rule on the Elliott suspension or else he's eligible to play in Week 1 is not a thing; apparently, the NFL can rule at any time before the game and Elliott could still be suspended for Week 1. Obviously, this is less than ideal for the Cowboys, who have a right to be angry if no decision is made soon (i.e. today), with a big game to play on Sunday versus the Giants. Because it appears unlikely Harold Henderson overturns Elliott's suspension completely, it's going to come down to whether or not the courts grant Elliott a stay so he can play while his suspension is battled over in court between the NFL and the NFLPA.
The NFLPA is taking the NFL to court over the Ezekiel Elliott situation.
Despite Harold Henderson not ruling on Elliott's appeal of his six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence, the NFLPA isn't waiting—they requested a temporary restraining order to block any Elliott suspension. This comes just hours after reports emerged that said Kia Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations, was the only one to interview Elliott's accuser Tiffany Thompson and did not think Elliott should be suspended. The NFLPA asserts in their filing, "there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives .... to hide critical information -- which would completely exonerate Elliott," according to ESPN. Unless Henderson completely wipes out Elliott's suspension, this could be a long process. Expect Elliott to be on the field in Week 1 and likely beyond in 2017.
Positive Ezekiel Elliott reports emerge regarding his appeal.
A report from the Star-Telegram and a report from ESPN both say Kia Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations, was the only one to interview Ezekiel Elliott's ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson—the alleged victim at the center of the alleged domestic violence. According to the reports, Roberts testified during Elliott's appeal that she recommend Elliott not be suspended after talking to Thompson. Now, we wait for Harold Henderson to make his decision on Elliott's suspension, and this could indicate some games being taken off the current six-game ban. If Henderson doesn't make a decision by Tuesday at 4:00 PM ET, Elliott will be able to play in Week 1. However, it certainly sounds like Elliott and the NFLPA will be challenging any suspension in court. Chances are Elliott plays in Week 1, and maybe even for the entire 2017 season if this goes to court and he gets an injunction.
Adam Schefter reports Harold Henderson is "under pressure" to make a decision on the Elliott suspension by Monday.
Henderson is hearing Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of his six-game suspension handed down by the NFL for alleged domestic abuse. Because Dallas' first game is next Sunday, there would ideally be a decision before the Cowboys start practice for the week. Appeal officers are supposed make as quick of a decision as practical in these cases, and most would hope Henderson has enough time to think about it over the weekend. The Cowboys are probably applying the pressure to Henderson, as well as Elliott—who might take this to court if he does not like the results of the appeal. Unfortunately, many are having their fantasy drafts over the weekend and a decision might not be made by that time. Hopefully Henderson makes a decision sometime early on Saturday or Sunday.
Ezekiel Elliott's appeal is scheduled to last through Thursday, according to Adam Schefter.
The appeal hearing started today and reportedly went for ten hours, so it's going to be a long hearing if it does indeed go through Thursday. Elliott missed practice yesterday and today to get ready and to attend the hearing, and he is expected to be in attendance at the hearing both tomorrow and Thursday. He insists he did nothing wrong and is fighting to get his six-game suspension wiped out. Comically, many people under Adam Schefter's tweet reported the news of the hearing scheduled to go until Thursday were complaining about having fantasy football drafts coming up. With the hearing going until Thursday, it appears unlikely there will be a decision before the vast majority of fantasy drafts are completed. Elliott is still a risky pick in the first or second round of fantasy drafts, despite the possibility he doesn't serve a suspension in 2017.
Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing is going into Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport.
Elliott is present at the meeting, and it's going for a while. Both sides are likely very much locked in to their arguments, but it'd be a surprise if it stretched into Thursday. Obviously, people having their fantasy drafts isn't of any concern in this matter to the NFL, Elliott, or the Cowboys, but it'd be nice to have this situation solved quickly—which probably will not happen. There's definitely a chance Elliott is on the field for Week 1 one way or another, and he might not even end up being suspended until 2018.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing is today.
Elliott is appealing his six-game suspension for alleged domestic abuse of his former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, and the hearing is being held by Harold Henderson. Elliott will indeed be in attendance at the hearing, and he will be under oath. In compliance with the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, a decision on the appeal must be made "as soon as practicable." Ideally, Henderson will come to a decision by sometime this weekend, but there's really no way to force him to make a decision. It's possible this drags into the regular season, in which case Elliott would be eligible to play in Week 1. It's also possible Elliott and the NFLPA take this to the courts, in which case Elliott might not serve is possible suspension for quite some time. We might hear some about how this hearing goes later today.
Ezekiel Elliott plays in Cowboys' third preseason game.
Elliott, who is suspended the first six games of the season, got some action before his long layoff. Zeke carried six times for 18 yards and had two receptions for six yards (including a nice one-handed catch) against Oakland before exiting the game. His appeal of the six-game suspension is coming on Tuesday, but as of now don't expect to see the second-year running back on the field until October.
The Cowboys announced Ezekiel Elliott will likely play in the team's third preseason game.
Dallas plays Oakland on Saturday and Zeke will be probably out there for the first time this preseason. Elliott is scheduled to miss the first six games of the season due to his suspension, so look for him to try and deliver defenders some punishment to hold him over until October. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will certainly get their snaps with the first team in Saturday's exhibition as the Cowboys prepare for the regular season.
Harold Henderson will hear Ezekiel Elliott's appeal, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes these decisions. Henderson heard Greg Hardy's 2015 suspension appeal, which reduced Hardy's suspension from ten games to four games—and outraged many people. Henderson's reasoning for the reduction of Hardy's suspension was because ten games was unprecedented for a normal "baseline" of six-games. But he fully upheld Adrian Peterson's 2014 suspension, so there's no way of really predicting what way this might go. The hearing is on August 29, but a decision might not come before the regular season (Henderson took over a month to make a determination on Hardy's appeal in 2015). This situation is very much up in the air.
Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing is expected to be on August 29.
This, according to Adam Schefter, who cites the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. August 29 is a Tuesday, nearly two weeks before the Cowboys' season opener against the Giants. Elliott and the NFLPA could always take this to court if they don't agree with the results of the appeal, but the NFL's decision on the appeal will come before the regular season, which would give more clarity on the situation. Ideally, you'll be able to have your fantasy draft during Labor Day weekend so you can know Elliott's fate before your draft.
Ezekiel Elliott has officially appealed his suspension, according to Adam Schefter.
The league now has ten days to schedule a hearing for the appeal. This now could drag into the regular season (in which case Elliott would be able to play until it is settled), though there will ideally be a solution before then. Elliott and the NFLPA might also take the NFL to court, as it's clear Elliott feels he did nothing wrong and is reportedly gearing up for a long battle. Elliott's father was also vocal on Twitter, tweeting "My son's legal team is ready team is ready to fight!" Meanwhile, the NFL seems to be strongly on the other side, as they already threatened Elliott with a potential banishment for another violation. It's possible Elliott ends up not suspended at all this season if this drags through the court system and he gets a stay to play until the saga is over.
Ezekiel Elliott is officially appealing his six-game suspension.
This is the least bit surprising, as Elliott has proclaimed his innocence in the situation. Among the things written in the statement is: "The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it 'cherry picks' so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence." This could be a very long process, as Elliott and the NFLPA reportedly might also take the NFL to court over this. As of now, you should expect Elliott to be suspended this season, but don't be surprised if it gets delayed until 2018. It would be a shock if Elliott gets a reduction or elimination of his current six-game suspension, though, as the NFL also said Elliott could face "banishment" from the league if he has another domestic violence violation.
Ezekiel Elliott is being suspended for six games by the NFL, according to Adam Schefter.
While six games is a lot, this isn't too surprising. The NFL has been very hard on domestic violence over the last few seasons, and Elliott has had a few off the field incidents unrelated to his domestic violence allegations as well. Elliott will no doubt appeal this suspension, which could lead to it being shortened from six games. This could actually be far from over, and it's possible this drags out into the regular season and Elliott is eligible to play in Week 1. Ideally, a solution will come before the regular season, though. Darren McFadden now has great value over the first six weeks of the season, and is worth a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts. As of now, Elliott shouldn't be drafted until the late second round, at the earliest.
Ian Rapoport: Ezekiel Elliott decision is expected "soon."
Rapoport tweeted "Clarity coming on
#Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott: The ruling on his investigation is expected soon, source said. Could be as early as tomorrow." Yesterday, Rapoport was right about Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant getting the ability to practice and play in preseason games, and he probably has some info on the Elliott situation too. A suspension is fully expected for the second-year back. Some claim the NFL likes to dump news on Friday afternoons, so we'll see if that happens tomorrow. The Cowboys play their second preseason game on Saturday against the Rams.
An announcement on the Ezekiel Elliott investigation will not come today, according to Adam Schefter.
There were rumors an announcement was coming yesterday or today, but that was apparently false. It's still a waiting game for Elliott and the Cowboys, as they await the NFL's decision on a potential suspension. Perhaps a decision will come tomorrow or Friday before the weekend.
The Cowboys again say they want to get Zeke more involved in the passing game.
Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown said during the offseason they want to get their star running back more involved as a receiver, and they are making good on that so far during training camp. Elliott has been lining up in different spots on offense, including in the slot and out wide. Quarterback Dak Prescott says Elliott doesn't even need to play more snaps but they'll just get him the ball more in different ways. Prescott said running backs are the best players on the team with the ball in their hands, so "it’s important for us to get them the ball." After catching 33 passes as a rookie, Elliott should have no problem reaching 50 receptions, even if he's suspended for a couple games.
A decision on the Ezekiel Elliott investigation will not come this week, according to Tom Pelissero.
Pelissero reports Commissioner Goodell is "waiting for 4 outside advisors who attended meeting to finish work." These four advisors do not make decisions on discipline, but Goodell's decision won't be made until the advisors submit their thoughts. This potentially could drag out a lot further than most anticipated, and it's unclear if there will be a decision before the start of the season. Obviously, this is less than ideal for both the Cowboys and fantasy owners. People should wait as long as they can before they have their fantasy draft, but if you can't wait, expected Elliott to be suspended at least a game or two.
An Ezekiel Elliott decision will not come today, according to Adam Schefter.
Yesterday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believed a decision might be "imminent," but that doesn't appear to be the case. It's very unlikely the NFL announces any decision over the weekend, so we'll probably have to wait until next week for a decision. Though, the NFL seems to be in no rush to announce anything, despite the investigation reportedly being done—so the wait could still go on for weeks. Ideally, the Cowboys would get a decision on their star running back soon so they know what they need to do to prepare for the beginning of the year.
Jerry Jones talks Ezekiel Elliott situation.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he thinks there will be a decision "imminently" on the Elliott matter, but isn't sure. He might be hoping more than anything that the NFL makes a decision soon. Jones also said that he heard from both Elliott's side and from the league's side and again declared there was "no domestic violence." The NFL would do well to make a decision soon if the investigation is really over, as reported.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't believe Ezekiel Elliott did anything related to domestic violence.
The Cowboys owner talked to reporters at the team's training camp and said he reviewed everything and there is "absolutely nothing - not one thing - that had anything to do with domestic violence." Elliott and his personal have asserted the running back's innocence since the the alleged domestic violence came about last year, and Jerry Jones is also now backing him up as the NFL wraps up its investigation into the events. A suspension seems extremely likely given Elliott's sporadic behavior over the past year-plus, including pulling down a woman's shirt at a Saint Patrick's Day parade; so the NFL is going to want to send a message. We've certainly seen the NFL hand down harsh suspensions, even if unjustified. An Elliott suspension of at least one game is a good bet.
Adam Schefter reports the NFL will not announce any possible Ezekiel Elliott suspension this weekend.
Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero earlier reported that NFL was "wrapping up" its investigation into Elliott. The Cowboys report to training camp tomorrow, but the NFL moves at its own pace when it comes to investigations and possible discipline. It's always possible there never is an announcement and Elliott isn't suspended, but that doesn't seem very likely. Perhaps next week is when we hear something on this.
According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, the NFL is "wrapping up" its Ezekiel Elliott investigation.
There are multiple things the Cowboys running back is under scrutiny for, including an alleged domestic violence from last year. At this point, a suspension is expected, and it could be announced today, being it's a Friday and the NFL might want to dump the news before the weekend. Elliott could appeal any potential suspension, if he indeed is suspended.
Multiple reports: The Dallas PD has suspended the investigation involving Ezekiel Elliott from over the weekend.
Elliott was not ever named a suspect, but he was placed around the altercation by multiple witnesses, with some saying he threw the punch that knocked the victim out. The Dallas PD said in a statement that they have been unable to contact the victim after multiple attempts, and the case has been suspended "due to the lack of a complaint." This should be the end of this case legally for Elliott, but the NFL is still looking into it and we would guess they take it into account when weighing a potential suspension for the star back.
Ezekiel Elliott is appealing a conviction for speeding, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The Dallas Morning News reports Elliott was caught going 100mph in his Dodge Challenger on April 4. This is yet another cause for concern for Elliott, who is also being looked into by the NFL for the alleged domestic assault at Ohio State in 2016 and for the club incident on Sunday night. It would be a major shock if Elliott isn't suspended by the NFL.
A witness tells the Star-Telegram that Ezekiel Elliott did not throw a punch in last night's alleged incident.
Michael Huffman says that Elliott "didn't do anything" and was not an instigator in the situation. He told the Star-Telgram, "Zeke was just standing there arms folded chilling feeling the crowd. Then I seen DJ getting loud toward the vicinity of Zeke and then I see an overhand right come over the back of Zeke shoulder that landed square in DTrain’s face and he went to sleep." We have this account, then we have others that say they saw Elliott punch the person. No matter what comes of this, the NFL might just group it into Elliott's potential looming suspension. It just doesn't seem likely the Cowboys will have their starting running back to star the season for at least one or two games (and maybe more).
The NFL is looking into the alleged Ezekiel Elliott incident, according to multiple reports.
TMZ obtained a video (linked below) of a man on the ground, with a "witness" saying she saw Elliott punch the man. While no arrests were made and Elliott has not been named a suspect, this isn't looking very good right now for the star running back. He's already potentially facing a suspension for an alleged domestic abuse case from last season. If the past is any indication, don't be surprised if the NFL ends up coming down with a heavy punishment on Elliott even if nothing comes of this recent club incident.
Dallas PD released statement regarding potential Ezekiel Elliott incident.
The statement does not mention Elliott, it just says a 30-year-old was assaulted and is not sure who did it. There were no arrests made, and there are no suspects yet. The Dallas PD says the investigation is "on-going." According to multiple reports, Elliott was involved in an altercation at the same time last night. It's too early to tell what's going to come of this, if anything, and we don't want to jump to conclusions.
Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a "late-night altercation," according to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The FAN.
Fisher tweeted "sources allege" this altercation occurred, reportedly at Clutch Bar in Dallas. There isn't any more information on this matter yet, but we will update you when it becomes available.
Adam Schefter believes Ezekiel Elliott could face "some sort of short suspension" this season.
Schefter says the NFL is nearing the end of the investigation into an alleged domestic assault from 2016 when Elliott was at Ohio State. According to Schefter, Elliott needs to still respond to the NFL's "recent findings," and the star running back is "bracing" for a short suspension. Schefter says there is a "growing sense" Elliott will be facing some discipline from the NFL, and it could be a suspension. This lines up with what Schefter said last week when he said on SiriusXM Fantasy Radio that he would not draft Ezekiel Elliott if he had a fantasy draft today. Elliott is currently a consensus top three running back, but we'll see what happens if he ends up suspended by the league for one or two games.
Adam Schefter says he would be "hesitant" to draft Ezekiel Elliott in fantasy drafts if he "were drafting today."
Schefter was on SiriusXM Fantasy Radio and said this. The good news is we aren't drafting today. However, Schefter did make it seem as though a suspension could be coming for the Cowboys' star running back for the alleged domestic violence during his time in college at Ohio State, noting that some people in the league believe discipline could still happen. Schefter says it's been an "ongoing issue that's had no conclusion," which is why he'd be hesitant to draft Elliott if his fantasy draft was today. This should come to a solution before most fantasy drafts, however, and Zeke will be an easy first-round pick in all leagues.
On the "Candidly Cowboys" podcast, Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown says they're going to get Zeke more involved in the passing game.
Brown said they would "absolutely" give him the ball more through the air. Elliott had only 32 receptions last season, but certainly made the most of them, averaging 11.3 yards per reception. While he might be the receiver David Johnson or Le'Veon Bell is, Elliott is a very good receiver out of the backfield. The second-year back, who had 354 touches last season, might get even closer to 400 touches this year. He's an obvious top three running back.
Ezekiel Elliott is expected to participate in Cowboys OTAs next Tuesday.
Head coach Jason Garrett said Elliott suffered from some body and neck stiffness from the car accident he was in Thursday. It could be worse, so good thing Elliott doesn't seem like he'll be affected by this much longer.
Ezekiel Elliott suffered a head injury in his car accident on Sunday.
It's unclear whether it's a concussion or something else, but this further explains why the Cowboys want to hold Elliott out of OTAs, even if he's good to go. Hopefully it's not too serious and Elliott can get to 100% soon.
Ezekiell Elliott was a passenger in a car accident on Sunday, according to Adam Schefter and Todd Archer.
Elliott hasn't participated in OTAs because of the accident. He didn't suffer any major injuries in the accident, but the Cowboys are giving him time off after the accident. This missed time won't affect Elliott this season. He'll be among the best backs in the league again in his second season. It's great news that no major injuries seem to have occurred from the incident.
Cowboys apparently don't intend to give Ezekiel Elliott less work next season.
Head coach Jason Garrett said they thought Elliott "handled" his workload very well and got better as games went on. The Cowboys have no issue with giving their running back a ton of touches, as they have shown over the past few seasons. Elliott actually may get an increase in touches next season, as he could get more involved in the passing game. He's no doubt a top five option in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Ezekiel Elliott had 22 carries for 125 yards in Cowboys' playoff loss.
Elliott obviously had a great rookie season and should repeat his success in 2017. He may be able to bump up his receiving production in his sophomore season. Elliott should clearly be drafted among the top three running backs in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Ezekiel Elliott doesn't play in Week 17 against the Eagles; still leads the league in rushing.
The Cowboys decided not to risk injury to Elliott, so he finishes the regular season with 322 carries for 1,631 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns, with 32 catches for 363 yards and a touchdown receiving. Elliott may be more involved as a receiver in the Cowboys' offense moving forward, and he is a clear top three running back option in 2017 fantasy drafts behind the Cowboys offensive line.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed 12 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's win over Detroit.
Elliott also caught a 12-yard screen pass. The highlight of Zeke's night was a 55-yard touchdown run where he was untouched. Dallas actually gave Darren McFadden more carries on Monday night (14), as they used him to close out the game so avoid an injury to their star back. Dallas will again have nothing to play for in Week 17, so Elliott is a risky fantasy play.
Zeke goes over 150 yards in Cowboys win.
Ezekiel Elliot had 23 carries for 159 yards and a touchdown, along with three catches for 29 yards against Tampa Bay. The Cowboys elite offense line opened up massive holes for Elliott, and he did the rest. A lock for 20+ touches per week, Elliott is an obvious RB1 every week. Elliott should run away with the rushing title in his rookie season.
Zeke goes over 100 yards against the Giants.
Elliott had 24 carries for 107 yards. The Cowboys only put up 7 points in the game, so this was a great game for Elliott considering the overall offensive struggle. Dallas should bounce back next week against the Bucs and Elliott will be a great RB1.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed 20 times for 86 yards and one touchdown in Thursday night's win over the Vikings.
He also caught four passes for 19 yards. Minnesota's defense was tough in this one, as besides a 30-yard run, Zeke rushed for just 56 yards on 19 carries. Still, Elliott easily surpassed double-digit fantasy points and is clearly a high-end RB1 the rest of the way. The rookie tied LeGarrette Blount for the league-lead in rushing scores with his 12th last night. The Cowboys face the Giants next week on Sunday Night Football.
Elliott scores two more touchdowns in Cowboys' Thanksgiving win.
Zeke had 20 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns, along with two receptions for 23 yards. Elliott came out on fire on the first drive, then was bottled up for a bit by Washington, but he broke some runs thereafter and ended up with another great game. Elliott is an obvious high-end RB1 next week even in a matchup in Minnesota with the Vikings.
Elliot rushed for 97 yards, but no touchdown, on 25 carries, and caught four passes for 30 yards in a home win against the Baltimore Ravens.
Even on an off day, “Zeke” remains one of the league’s elite running backs. Although he was facing a Baltimore run defense that ranks #1 in opponent’s rushing yards per game, Elliot still managed 97 yards on the ground, and added four receptions for 30 yards as well. The moves and cuts were there, but Baltimore’s defensive game plan was clearly geared towards preventing him from breaking loose. Elliot is sure to bounce back on a short week versus a bottom tier Washington run defense.
"Zeke" explodes for 38 standard fantasy points.
Elliott had 21 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns, along with two catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. The offensive line is making things very easy for Elliott, but his talent is undeniable. Elliott is a top-end RB1. He has a tough matchup against the Ravens, the #1 team in terms of giving up fantasy points to RBs. He's still a top ten option against Baltimore.