Elliott rushed 22 times for 80 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 28-17 win over the Cardinals. He also caught three of four targets for 14 yards.
Elliott drew criticism for his poor, eight-yard rushing effort in Week 2, but the star tailback bounced back with nearly 100 yards of offense. Besides a long carry of 30 yards, Elliott's performance was highlighted by his eight-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter. That not only marked the final score of Monday's game, but also Elliott's first touchdown of his second season. Already cleared through Week 4, Elliott will now look forward to his matchup against a Rams defense that's surrendered the fourth-most rushing yards thus far.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set an Oct. 2 date for a hearing in Elliott's case, ESPN.com reports.
The court will hear arguments from the NFL and NFLPA as the league seeks a stay to nullify Elliott's preliminary injunction. The injunction allows Elliott to stay on the field until his appeal comes to a conclusion, which probably wouldn't happen before the end of the season. The NFL wants Elliott to sit while his case plays out in court, and the league's current request to nullify the injunction presumably represents the last tool at its disposable to accomplish that goal. The timing of the upcoming hearing ensures Elliott will be eligible to play Week 3 in Arizona and Week 4 against the Rams. He's looking to bounce back from a career-worst performance from Week 2 against the Broncos.
Elliott remains on track to play in Monday's game against the Cardinals, Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
When asked about Elliott's status Friday morning, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart did not guarantee that Elliott would play in Week 3, but he also indicated Elliott would be able to take the field unless the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issues a ruling on the league's appeal prior to Sunday. It seems unlikely that will occur, so fantasy owners should plan on having Elliott available for Week 3.
The NFL's emergency motion seeking a stay of Elliott's preliminary injunction has been denied, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
The league wanted a fast response and got its wish, albeit without the desired result. The NFL now has to wait for a ruling on its appeal of the injunction in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The process could take a few months, which increases Elliott's chances of playing the entire season. He's set to face a tough Arizona defense in Week 3, coming off the worst performance of his young career in Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos. Elliott did have 140 scrimmage yards against a tough New York Giants defense Week 1.
Elliott carried nine times for eight yards and caught four of five targets for another 14 yards during Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.
Elliott was bottled up all day and finished with an average of 0.9 yards per carry -- the worst game of his career by a long shot. The team endeavored to get him involved in the passing game, but he failed to make a significant impact in that respect as well. Elliott's cause wasn't aided by Dak Prescott's inability to establish a rhythm, which allowed the defense to continue keying in on him. He will face another stern road matchup next week against the Cardinals, but a player of his ilk should bounce back in a featured role.
|Bye: Week 6|
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|8||10/29/17||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ ATL||4:25 pm|
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|15||12/17/17||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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