National Football League files motion to dismiss NFLPA lawsuit in Ezekiel Elliott case

The NFLPA’s request, which was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Texas, alleges the “imminent” arbitration ruling regarding Elliott’s six-game suspension is based upon an appeal process that has “deprived the union and Elliott of fundamental fairness”. – The big thing to watch for Tuesday morning and into the early afternoon is a potential decision from Harold Henderson with regard to Elliott’s league appeal of his suspension.

The Giants aren’t putting together two game plans – one for Elliott and another if it’s Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. Elliott’s appeal was heard last week by arbitrator Harold Henderson in NY.

Hours prior to the NFLPA’s motion, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the NFL’s lead investigator on Elliott’s case, Kia Roberts, recommended to the league that Elliott should not be suspended.

Roberts, who interviewed Thompson on multiple occasions, has become a central figure in this case.

ATTORNEY: “And I think you said you liked her [ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson] because she liked to party, drink and do drugs?” The NFL filing includes Elliott’s pursuit of a preliminary injunction.

Henderson is supposed to rule on the NFL’s decision to suspend Elliott “as soon as practicable”, according to the labor agreement.

The Cowboys typically hold meetings and workouts on Tuesdays during the regular season, however, with the extra preparation time leading into Sunday’s season opener against the New York Giants they could do more on-field work. Prosecutors in Columbus decided about a year ago not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, but the National Football League kept the investigation open and eventually suspended Elliott for six games.

The police report said investigators spoke to four witnesses who said they did not see any assault, and Elliott has denied the charges.

Ezekiel Elliott is facing a six-game suspension to start the season. However, it had also been reported that Elliott might be eligible to play in Week 1 if there was no decision reached by a certain time on Tuesday afternoon. A source told ESPN that Elliott’s side will file more paperwork Friday.

“She was prohibited from conveying her views to both Commissioner Roger Goodell and the advisory committee that was paneled to make recommendations to the Commissioner”, the NFLPA said in a statement.

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