In The Most Non-Newsworthy Headline Of All Time, The NFL "Can't Rule Out Ruling Out" Ezekiel Elliott For Monday Night
TheSportingNews- The NFL won't rule out holding Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott out of Monday's game against the Cardinals if the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules before then on whether Elliotts's six-game suspension should or shouldn't stand.
NFL VP of Communications Joe Lockhart says the situation remains at the discretion of commissioner Roger Goodell if there is a ruling over the weekend.
"I can't rule out ruling (Elliott) out," Lockhart said Friday morning (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
In an effort to give the Cowboys and their opponents the opportunity to game plan for either of two eventualities — Elliott playing or not playing — the NFL asked in its filing with the appeals court in New Orleans that it rule by Sept. 19 or Sept. 26.
Full disclosure, my immediate inclination was to type "LOL wut?" and click post. Unfortunately, I felt obligated to expand on that lack of rationale, but it'll probably make the following more entertaining if you keep that perfectly succinct - and incredibly fitting - line of thinking in mind while reading...
Nope, it's not that the NFL is incapable of ruling Ezekiel Elliott out of a stand-alone, primetime game that takes place in three days. It's that that they are incapable of ruling out the prospect of having a ruling on the eligibility of Ezekiel Elliott prior to the stand-alone, primetime game that takes place in three days. Try to wrap your head around that for a second, but - be forewarned - I'm on the cusp of a migraine trying to figure out the difference.
Talk about vintage NFL. Their Vice President of Communications - the man paid handsomely to deliver messages to the general public that paint the league in a good light - turned the potential for domestic violence-related news into actual news despite the fact that might not even end up being newsworthy. It's almost as if a multi-billion dollar business is taking some sort of sick and twisted, masochistic pleasure in how badly they bungled their first honest foray into the world of disciplining the (alleged) assailants of women, because they seemingly will not shut the fuck up about it.
This is complete and utter reckless speculation on my part, but I'm starting to get the gut feeling that Ezekiel Elliott will play out the entirety of this season. Call it a hunch, or call it a reminder that Tom Brady's frivolous punishment was ultimately pushed back a year by the appeals process. Whatever the case may be, there's a strong possibility that the running back, who the NFL tried their damnedest to make an example of, won't serve a single second of his suspension in 2017. Yet, here we are, spending all of 2017 discussing his playing status - that his employer had repeatedly and fruitlessly attempted to have changed - on damn near a weekly basis.
We shouldn't forget that Ezekiel Elliott may have potentially placed his hands on a (proven crazy, but still innocent) woman, but I'll be damned if the league that's currently paying his game checks shouldn't want us to for the time being.