Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott is readying for yet another court hearing Tuesday in New York. This time, though, Elliott believes he'll be back in blue and silver for the rest of the year.
"We're confident," Elliott told the Dallas Morning News. "We're confident in our argument.
"We're confident that I'll be on the field for the rest of the year."
Elliott and the Cowboys should know in the next few days whether he will stay on the field for the remainder of the season or be forced to begin serving his six-game suspension.
Elliott rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns and had a third score called back when left tackle Tyron Smith was called for holding. He gained 83 of those yards in the second half and ran the ball six times in the final 4:35 to protect what at the time was a precarious seven-point lead.
Per the News, "While the rest of his teammates headed home after the game, Elliott was on his way to New York to meet with his legal team before Monday's hearing in front of Judge Katherine Polk Failla. If the judge grants his preliminary injunction, this contentious battle between the NFL and Elliott will be pushed into the offseason before it's resolved.
"If Elliott's motion is denied, the suspension will begin with next week's game against Kansas City. There will be precious few legal cards left to play to delay a suspension."
Jerry Jones again said Elliott did nothing wrong in his interactions with former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, and questioned the NFL's justice on Sunday.
"What is important is that he gets a fair shake," the Cowboys owner said. "Zeke has in no way, by any standard in this country, done anything wrong. He's done nothing wrong.
"The league has tried to say that he's done something that we disagree with. We all don't agree with that. We don't have the system in place for this, and we're trying to make one up in a few short months, and it's got too many ways to not be fair to a person like Zeke."