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

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

Elliott told reporters that he hasn't ever considered accepting his suspension because "it's bigger than football." It's them trying to make me something I'm not. "Every day is worth fighting".

Elliott will remain eligible to play until a ruling is handed down, and with the hearing scheduled later in the week, that likely improves the running back's chances of remaining eligible for Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons.

The NFL Players Association argued recently in its appeal that Elliott will sustain irreparable harm without an injunction, saying that "courts have consistently concluded that professional athletes suffer irreparable harm when threatened with a potentially wrongful suspension".

Elliott received a temporary stay of his suspension last week that allowed him to play in Sunday's victory over the Chiefs, during which he compiled 93 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. The 2nd Circuit said its brief order does not constitute a resolution on the merits of the court case. The NFL appealed to a federal appeals court in New Orleans, which overturned the injunction and ruled that the district court in Texas didn't have jurisdiction in the case because the union filed its lawsuit before NFL-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson decided Elliott's appeal.

The NFL is unlikely to agree upon a settlement with Elliott. ESPN reported earlier Sunday that Elliott's outside attorneys have attempted to reach a settlement with the NFL.

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