It falls to Harold Henderson, a former NFL executive, who has been designated to hear on Tuesday the appeal of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has been suspended six games following a year-long league investigation into domestic violence allegations. Henderson also denied the Players Association's request that accuser Tiffany Thompson be present for Tuesday's hearing, dealing two early losses for the NFLPA and Elliott's chances of having his suspension overturned. So stay tuned. The expectation is that Henderson will decide the appeal swiftly, giving Elliott and the Cowboys time to figure out their options before their regular-season opener September 10 against the Giants.
The NFL's investigation said it uncovered "substantial credible evidence" that Elliott was guilty of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, which was surprising after some of the confident statements Jones made about the case.
These latest findings cast doubt on Elliott's chances of a penalty reduction and that this ordeal will conclude on August 29 when the appeal is heard.
Jones said the Cowboys would not make a filing on Elliott's behalf prior to the hearing, but the team will have a representative in NY.
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Hunt is the Chiefs third round pick from Tulane, and has had a decent showing during the pre-season thus far. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt will be the starter moving forward according to head coach Andy Reid .
"Well, I don't want to speculate about that at all", Jones said of the appeal hearing.
If Henderson does not make a decision by September 2, Elliott will continue to be on the Cowboys' roster and eligible to play the September 10 season opener.
The suspension is scheduled to begin September 2 and Elliott is eligible to return to the Cowboys' roster on October 23, one day after the team's Week 7 road game against the San Francisco 49ers. The deadline to get down to 53 players falls on September 2. The suspension only applies to the regular season, so Elliott has been available.
It is not clear whether the Cowboys would receive a roster exemption until Henderson makes a ruling.