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The NFL is likely to review an incident involving Ezekiel Elliott and a concert security guard in Las Vegas to determine if the Dallas Cowboys running back violated the terms of previous suspension guidelines set forth by commissioner Roger Goodell, two league sources have told Yahoo Sports.

Elliott was briefly handcuffed at a Las Vegas concert earlier this month after bumping a security guard. Video of the incident made its way to TMZ. The Cowboys running back ultimately wasn’t arrested or charged. Sources close to Elliott and the Cowboys have told Yahoo Sports they don’t believe the language of Elliott’s previous suspension determination supports discipline in light of the video footage.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters last week that, “I don’t see that having any consequences for us.”

Despite that stance, a source in the NFL’s executive branch told Yahoo Sports the Las Vegas incident is “clearly” subject to review by Goodell under the league’s personal conduct policy, particularly in light of Elliott’s previous six-game suspension for alleged acts of physical abuse against an ex-girlfriend. That previous case continues to be a source of resentment at the highest levels of the Cowboys franchise, largely due to the league’s sole interviewer of Elliott’s accuser having recommended no discipline after finding inconsistencies and credibility issues with the alleged victim’s statements.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was denied a request for a preliminary injunction by U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla, meaning he will have to serve the six game suspension. At least, for now.

According to ESPN, after hearing arguments from the NFL and NFLPA yesterday afternoon, Judge Failla stayed the decision for 24 hours to afford parties the opportunity to consider appellate options. In other words, Zeke and the NFLPA have the option of appealing the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, in the next 24 hours and could seek a stay that would allow him to continue playing while the appeal process plays out.
In her ruling, according to ESPN, Judge Failla said, “the NFLPA has failed to demonstrate a substantial question warranting the extraordinary remedy of injunctive relief or a balance of hardships that decidedly weighs in its favor.”

Although Elliott was never charged in the domestic violence case, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for six games following a year-long investigation into the accusations made by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. The league determined that he violated the NFL’s conduct policy, which warranted a mandatory six-game suspension. 
If the suspension stands, and at this point we’re not comfortable assuming anything, the Cowboys figure to lean on veteran running backs Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden. The Cowboys will host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9 this Sunday.

Dallas’ upcoming schedule includes Week 10 at the Atlanta Falcons, Week 11 home vs the Philadelphia Eagles, Week 12 home vs the Los Angeles Chargers, Week 13 home vs the Washington Redskins, and Week 14 on the road against the New York Giants.
Zeke would be eligible to return for the Cowboys’ Week 15 matchup against the Raiders in Oakland.

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