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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) on the bench during the first half of a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, August 19, 2017. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)
UPDATE Saturday 1:30 p.m.:
The NFL Players Association and Ezekiel Elliott filed their response to the NFL’s motion for an emergency stay in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They argue the court should deny the NFL’s motion because Elliott, the Cowboys and their fans stand to suffer irreparable harm if he serves the six-game suspension while his case is heard, but the NFL does not.
The Players Association argues: “The NFL’s Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal (“Motion”) seeks to upend the status quo and does not come close to meeting this Court’s standards for such extraordinary relief.
“It is for good reason that the Motion gives short-shrift to the equitable requirements for a stay: The NFL faces no irreparable harm should Ezekiel Elliott continue to practice and play pending appeal. If the NFL were to ultimately prevail, it could simply impose the suspension later this season or next. Elliott practiced and