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Ezekiel Elliott Will Play Opener Against New York Giants, But His Suspension’s Still On

Rodger Mallison
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension was upheld Tuesday; Trump passes fate of DACA into Congress' hands; “Frame of Mind” begins milestone season; and more.

Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over a domestic violence case has been upheld, but the Dallas Cowboys running back will play against the New York Giants Sunday night.

Attorney Jeffrey Kessler told the judge near the end of a hearing in federal court Tuesday night in Sherman that Elliott's suspension was sustained by arbitrator Harold Henderson, the Associated Press reports.


At the start of the more than two-hour hearing, NFL attorney Daniel Nash said Elliott could play Sunday because Henderson's ruling came too late in the day for it to be enforced this weekend.


Elliott's attorneys said they were "extremely disappointed with Mr. Henderson's inability to navigate through league politics, and follow the evidence," according to the Associated Press.


U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant said he'd rule on Elliott's request for a temporary restraining order by Friday. If the request is denied and no further legal action is taken, Elliott's suspension would start in Week 2 at Denver, and he would be eligible to return Nov. 5 against Kansas City.


The NFL suspended Elliott on Aug. 11, concluding after a yearlong investigation that the league rushing leader caused injuries to his then-girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer. Read how the league is addressing domestic violence differently in Elliott’s case. [The Associated Press, KERA News]


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  • The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would over the next six months phase out DACA, which protected hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants — including more than 120,000 Texans — from deportation. [The Texas Tribune]
  • For immigrants without papers, the barriers to Harvey relief are even more daunting. In Houston, an undocumented couple’s rental house was trashed by flooding. Their daughter is a U.S. citizen, so they qualify for FEMA help, but the agency has put the money on hold until it can confirm her citizenship. [KERA News]
  • Trump’s reelection campaign has canceled three Texas fundraisers scheduled for this fall, including one at the end of this month in Dallas. [Politico]
  • KERA’s series on Texas independent film, “Frame of Mind” turns 25 this year. Catch a free screening of the season premiere at 7 p.m. at the Texas Theatre. [Art&Seek]

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Photo credit: Rodger Mallison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram