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

Oct 29 2017 Landover MD USA Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott carries the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second half at Fed Ex Field. Mandatory Credit Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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I'm not an abuser.

"I had no idea when I came in on Friday that I was going to have the chance to come in".

Elliott has repeatedly denied that he assaulted his then-girlfriend, although his comments from the team's training facility in Frisco, Tex., were among his most forceful on the subject.

Elliott's lawyers and the NFL Players Association could ask for further litigation if the decision does not go in their favor.

The 22-year-old Elliott was originally hit with the six-game ban back in August for domestic abuse allegations from the previous summer.

On Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City said Elliott's case was on the docket for 2 p.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 9.

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Elliott received an administrative stay from the NY federal court last Friday, reinstating his eligibility for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Second Circut granted him an emergency stay, pending the appeal on Friday.

Elliott was not allowed to be at the team's training facility in Frisco, Tex., Wednesday or Thursday after U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied Elliott an injunction after a status hearing in NY on Monday.

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.

Friday's stay marked the third time the courts have intervened to prevent the National Football League from suspending Elliott. The NFL planned to enforce Elliott's suspension beginning Sunday until Friday's intervention by the appeals court.

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