Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was able to return to his team after being granted a brief administrative stay that allows him to play this Sunday. Elliott and his legal team have been fighting the NFL over the six-game suspension handed down to him for an alleged domestic violence incident.
Aside from what has been going on behind closed doors with the courts, Elliott has been all about football on the field.
But, this latest round of events has prompted the running back to speak out about the suspension. This is what Elliott had to say when asked about just accepting the suspension and getting it over with.
“No,” Elliott said, via David Moore of Sports Day. “This is bigger than a suspension. It’s bigger than football, them (NFL) trying to make me something I’m not.
“I’m not an abuser. That’s not who I am. This is my name and this is my reputation. This is something I’m going to have to life with beyond football. Every day is worth fighting.”
Elliott’s direct words speak volumes. He is not giving up, and it appears he will exhaust every course of legal action he can take until he clears his name.
Elliott continued with his mindset approaching this Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Really, at this point, it’s hard for me to get down or up about this whole situation because tomorrow it could be something different,” Elliott said. “So I mean it’s really not, like I said, worth my time to even worry about.
“I’ve just got to trust my (legal) team and trust that they’re going to do everything they can do to the best of their ability to make sure I’m able to play ball.”
According to the report, Elliott was at his home on Friday morning when his agent called to inform him he could play on Sunday.
Elliott has been away from his team ever since his suspension was reinstated on Monday. In preparing for his absence, the Cowboys planned to have running back Alfred Morris start.
The Cowboys obviously benefit from Elliott being able to suit up this week rather than relying on his backup crew. At least for this week, Elliott can help his team build on its 4-3 record.
Beyond Sunday, it remains to be seen what will come of Elliott’s situation. But, at this time, Elliott seems to have no plans on backing down and remains determined to set his side of the story straight.