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October 31, 2017

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is suspended again, for now

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Depending on what week it has been this season, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension has either been on or off. Late Monday night, there was an update to that status.

To be an informed football fan these days, you basically need to be part lawyer, part doctor, and part accountant. I don't understand the first sentence in the tweet above, but the second one notes the important part, which is that Ezekiel Elliott's suspension is on.

Of course, this ongoing saga never truly ends, as Elliott and the NFLPA will have a chance to appeal on Tuesday.

Still, the legal experts mostly feel that Elliott's suspension will begin this week. If so, he would miss the Cowboys' Sunday night matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 19.

If there's a team equipped to handle Elliott and the Cowboys' rushing attack, it's the Eagles. As we've noted several times, here is what the Eagles' defense has done against opposing running backs this season:

 Opposing RBsRushes Yards YPC TD 
 Redskins13 34 2.6 
 Chiefs13 81 6.2 
 Giants17 49 2.9 
 Chargers13 58 4.5 
 Cardinals13 17 1.3 
 Panthers13 0.1 
 Redskins14 54 3.9 
 49ers18 54 3.0 
 TOTAL114 348 3.1 

With Elliott out, the Cowboys will be challenged even further to try to keep pace with the Eagles, who hold a 2.5-game lead over Dallas in the NFC East:

NFC East Record Div record Conf record GB 
 Eagles7-1 3-0 6-0 
 Cowboys4-3 2-0 4-2 2.5 
 Redskins3-4 0-3 2-3 3.5 
 Giants1-6 0-2 0-5 5.5 

The Cowboys' opponents during Elliott's six-game suspension, should it stand, are as follows:

• Week 9: Chiefs

• Week 10: At Falcons

• Week 11: Eagles

• Week 12: Chargers

• Week 13: Redskins

• Week 14: At Giants

Those first three games represent a less than ideal time for the Cowboys to be without their best player.

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