Ezekiel Elliott fighting for more than playing time: 'I'm not an abuser'

NEW ORLEANS LA – OCTOBER 29 Jordan Howard

NEW ORLEANS LA – OCTOBER 29 Jordan Howard

While Ezekiel Elliott continues to insist that he is fighting for his name, his attorneys have attempted to settle his case with the National Football League and have the Dallas Cowboys running back's six-game suspension reduced, a source close to the situation told ESPN.

The next step in the ongoing legal saga surrounding Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been scheduled for Thursday when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear oral arguments for an emergency injunction motion of Elliott's suspension.

If he Faila's ruling is upheld, then Elliott will be suspended immediately.

None of the judges assigned to Elliott's case presided over the NFL's winning appeal in Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the Deflategate case.

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Other owners as well as team and league officials also will be deposed in relation to the case, ESPN reported Friday. A number of players followed Kaepernick's lead by taking a knee during the anthem previous year and this season.

Federal courts have intervened three times on behalf of the NFLPA and Elliott, and the National Football League has been barred all season from enforcing its six-game suspension of Elliott under the personal conduct policy.

It's was the continuation of a season-long process after he was granted a preliminary injunction, blocking the suspension for district judge in Sherman Texas, the Tuesday before the season opener. The 2nd Circuit said its brief order does not constitute a resolution on the merits of the court case.

That expired when U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla on Monday rejected the request for an injunction. Unlike last week, Elliott will get to practice since he's not now suspended.

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