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Ezekiel Elliott drops appeal, will serve six-game suspension

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 11/15/2017 Grey Papke
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Ezekiel Elliott’s legal battle with the NFL is over.

In a statement released by his agents, Elliott announced that his appeal against the NFL is being dropped, and he will serve out the entirety of his six-game suspension effective immediately.

Timing almost certainly plays a factor. By ending his appeal now, Elliott will be able to return Dec. 24 against the Seattle Seahawks, which would also mean that, should the Cowboys make the playoffs, he’d be back in time and get two regular-season games under his belt to prepare himself.

Elliott has explained previously why he had no intention of ending his legal proceedings to fight the suspension, but that has obviously changed. The realities of the situation have likely outweighed his desire to prove his innocence.

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