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Cowboys News: How Cowboys can still win games without Ezekiel Elliott

The Cowboys may be without Ezekiel Elliott but they still have to find ways to win games.

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2nd Circuit Denies Injunction For Elliott, Paving Way For Suspension To Start - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an emergency injunction for Ezekiel Elliott, paving the way for the running back’s six-game NFL suspension to take effect.

“Pending further appeals, a full six-game suspension would mean the All-Pro running back isn’t eligible to return to the field until Dec. 24 against Seattle. According to reports, the Second Circuit did grant an expedited appeal of the overall case that is set to be heard Dec. 1 -- four games into the six-game suspension.”

Ezekiel Elliott loses in court, emergency motion denied, suspension back on - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys will now have to deal without the services of their best player for the next six games.

Ezekiel Elliott and the NFLPA lost, the emergency motion was denied. Despite the predictions that the court wouldn’t rule right away, and that Elliott was likely to win based on the questions asked, Elliott lost. This means his suspension will be back on and the Cowboys likely won’t have him for Sunday. The court did grant an expedited appeal for the overall case, but that is unlikely to be heard before this Sunday.

An inside look into Ezekiel Elliott's day at court, why Cowboys RB is now serving his suspension - Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDay
Ezekiel Elliott could only sit front and center Thursday as lawyers argued the fate of his 2017 season.

The 2nd Circuit did grant an expedited appeal in his efforts to overturn the lower court's ruling that denied him a preliminary injunction. It set Dec. 1 as the date for arguments. That is four games into the suspension, and there's no guarantee it would be settled before the six games are served. Also, Elliott is coming off two defeats in New York and the 2nd Circuit, so it's not promising that he would win on appeal.

Dallas Cowboys can still get job done without Ezekiel Elliott - Todd Archer, ESPN
The Cowboys have been bracing for life without Ezekiel Elliott so they could find success without him. But that's no guarantee.

Without Elliott, defenses will not have to use an extra defender to slow the run, unless the Cowboys can prove their running game can have the same impact with Morris, Smith and McFadden. Without Elliott, Prescott will see tighter windows in which to throw. Without Elliott, the receivers will see extra attention.

Writer's Blocks: Deep Thoughts On How The Cowboys Can Cope Without Zeke - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
Well, it finally happened. Ezekiel Elliott will begin his six-game suspension which means the Cowboys' must cope with the fallout.

But this will be a rare opportunity for Dak to stand alone in the Dallas backfield. Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Darren McFadden are good players, but they aren’t on Zeke’s level. If he can keep this offense chugging despite this loss, it’s going to say a lot about his ability as a quarterback – rather than a guy who’s just benefiting from the talent around him.

It won’t be easy, but the Cowboys can win football games without Zeke - DannyPhantom, Blogging The Boys
With a star quarterback, defensive playmakers, and solid backup running backs, the Cowboys have the tools in place to be a winning football team without Ezekiel Elliott.

Tony Romo used to be the guy. He’s gone now, but the Cowboys now have two guys - Zeke and Dak Prescott. While Zeke had a great rookie season rushing for 1,631 yards, Prescott was exceptional as well. Prescott would win Rookie of the Year with 28 of the 50 votes. Elliott would get 21 votes. If you do the math, the leaves one vote uncounted for, which makes you wonder what that person was thinking.

How do you contain Julio Jones? - Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Protect the roof. That’s the analogy Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli used in terms of how to contain Atlanta Falcons standout receiver Julio Jones.

“It’s like building a house. You’ve got walls and a roof,” Marinelli said. “Make sure our roof is in good shape, OK? Cause it’ll start raining on us, so we’ve got to keep the roof.”

Here's where Falcons coach Dan Quinn sees Dak Prescott being like Aaron Rodgers - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is so impressed with Dak Prescott's ability to get out of the pocket and extend plays that he is comparing him to a future Hall of Famer.

"The best quarterbacks who can extend plays, not just by running for a first down, but by extending the play to buy time and the scramble rules kick in, that's when the second play kicks in," Quinn said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters at The Star. "Defenses have to be really equipped. The first play started and then after the quarterback gets out of the pocket, the second play just began.

Jerry Jones' attorney says in letter NFL owners being misled about Roger Goodell contract negotiations - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
An attorney for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says NFL owners are being misled about negotiations on a contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a letter that was sent to the league's counsel and shared with NFL owners and executives.

In a letter sent late Wednesday by Cowboys general counsel Jason Cohen to owners on the compensation committee and to Brad Karp, the league's outside counsel retained for this matter, Jones claimed he "has discovered a number of very concerning issues" while engaged as a committee member, including that "the Ownership (sic) and Jerry Jones now understand that they have been unquestionably misled" by Blank and that "critical facts" have been misrepresented regarding Goodell's contract.

NFL confirms Jerry Jones' lawsuit threat - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
NFL vice president Joe Lockhart confirmed on Thursday that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to sue the league in hopes of blocking a planned contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell. He expects the extension to be approved soon.

Jones is not believed to be alone in his opposition of the extension and wants more than six owners to decide on the extension, despite the previous vote giving authorization to the committee.

Jones is also miffed at Goodell over the handling of the six-game suspension for running back Ezekiel Elliott, according to a source.

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