Coming off his best quarter against the Packers in Week 5, Tuesday's ruling will allow Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott to play Sunday against the 49ers.
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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
Here is the NFL's reaction to Ezekiel Elliott being granted a temporary restraining order that will allow him to play Sunday at San Francisco: "We are confident our arguments will prevail in court when they are taken up again later this month."
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a second TRO against the NFL's six-game suspension, allowing him to continue to play.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
You might've noticed in my Week 7 rankings that I've still got Ezekiel Elliott ranked (No. 2 in PPR), because his situation is somewhat unclear. If I assume he's ineligible to play Sunday, I'd slot Alfred Morris as my RB26 (between James White and Jonathan Stewart) and Darren McFadden my RB34 (between Mike Gillislee and Isaiah Crowell).
Most teams hold steady during off weeks, but Dallas might lose Ezekiel Elliott just before its toughest stretch of the season.
Since becoming a referee in 2014, Ronald Torbert has worked just two Cowboys games and Dallas has lost both.
FPI: Downturn in Dallas
The Cowboys were a preseason favorite in the NFC, with ESPN's FPI giving them a 71 percent chance to win the NFC East in Week 1. But coming off the bye week, and now without Ezekiel Elliott, those chances have dwindled.
Rod Smith had a strong summer, ran hard in the preseason, and might be most similar to Ezekiel Elliott among the Cowboys' runners.
Drama swirling around the Cowboys is nothing new, which might help them tune out the latest distractions as they return from their bye week.
Between a rough start and Ezekiel Elliott's suspension potentially around the corner, Dallas has plenty of reasons to be worried.
The NFL Players Association has filed a request for a temporary restraining order on behalf of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, seeking to put his six-game suspension on hold again.
NaVorro Bowman looks good on paper, but his price, current level of play and scheme fit could be issues that keep Dallas from adding the linebacker.
With the Packers' franchise QB injured, an already volatile NFC playoff picture was jumbled even further. We put all 16 teams into one of four different categories, based on their chances of contention.
From the court ruling against Ezekiel Elliott to the winning ways of other NFC East teams, the bye week couldn't have gone much worse for the Cowboys.
Dallas' rushing attack not as formidable
Ezekiel Elliott helped lead the 2016 Cowboys to a 4-1 start by averaging 109.2 YPG as a rookie. However, this season's 2-3 Cowboys haven't been nearly as effective on the ground.
The NFL players' union will request an en banc appeal hearing on behalf of Ezekiel Elliott by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a 5th Circuit panel restored the Cowboys running back's six-game suspension Thursday.
Calling Thursday's ruling a "setback," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his team and Ezekiel Elliott do not believe the suspended running back has been treated fairly throughout the process.
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the team will continue to support Ezekiel Elliott. He said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas he does not believe Elliott was treated fairly by the league and called the court decision Thursday a "setback." On the field Jones said "we are ready if in fact Zeke can't play," with Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith.
As the Cowboys get ready to come back from the bye, what can they change to make sure 2-3 doesn't turn into 8-8, 7-9 or worse?
The Cowboys will have to rely on quarterback Dak Prescott even more now to carry the team over their next six games.
With Ezekiel Elliott likely to be suspended until the Nov. 30 game, the Cowboys will be scrambling with a mix of running backs and lots of uncertainty.