The NFL Players Association and the NFL are not giving serious consideration to a settlement in the case involving Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, according to a person with knowledge of the case.
The person said there is little chance the union and league would agree to a settlement by which Elliott would serve a reduced suspension. ESPN reported earlier Sunday that Elliott’s outside attorneys have attempted to reach a settlement with the NFL.
The NFLPA has taken the case to court on Elliott’s behalf and likely would have to sign off on any settlement. The second-year running back is eligible to play Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit granted the union’s request to keep Elliott’s six-game suspension by the NFL on hold pending Elliott’s appeal of a ruling Monday by a federal judge denying him a preliminary injunction.
A three-judge panel of that appeals court is next in line to take up the matter, probably this week.
Federal courts have intervened three times on behalf of the NFLPA and Elliott, and the NFL has been barred all season from enforcing its six-game suspension of Elliott under the personal conduct policy.
A federal judge in Texas granted the NFLPA’s request for a preliminary injunction. The NFL appealed to a federal appeals court in New Orleans, which overturned the injunction and ruled that the district court in Texas didn’t have jurisdiction in the case because the union filed its lawsuit before NFL-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson decided Elliott’s appeal.
The case shifted to New York, where the NFL had filed a lawsuit seeking to have Henderson’s decision upholding the suspension affirmed. A federal judge there granted the union’s request for a temporary restraining order for Elliott. That expired when U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla on Monday rejected the request for an injunction. The NFL planned to enforce Elliott’s suspension beginning Sunday until Friday’s intervention by the appeals court.
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