All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for the first six games of the regular season by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
We knew an appeal was coming, and it's taking place on Tuesday, with commissioner Roger Goodell appointing the arbitrator.
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Odds from market-setting offshore sportsbook Bookmaker.eu released earlier in August leaned toward Elliott returning to action before Week 7, and BookMaker spokesman Scott Cooley confirmed on Tuesday that the odds remain strongly in favor of a reduction of a suspension as the day of the appeal has arrived.
Will Ezekiel Elliott's suspension be reduced from six games following appeal?
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No +150 (risk $100 to win $150)
Needless to say, the Cowboys aren?t quite the team without Elliott on the field.
Historically speaking, the NFL?s required six-game suspension for domestic violence has been unenforced. In most cases, players sat out 2-4 games.
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Elliott and his lawyers have openly questioned the validity of the case, and local authorities declined to file charges. Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are reportedly ?furious? at the NFL?s decision.
Even if the arbitrator doesn't reduce the suspension, Elliott could have other legal avenues to pursue, so this matter is far from over.
PICK: Based on the NFL?s history of being unable to enforce its six-game suspensions, and the fact that local authorities never filed charges, you can easily argue that the appeal will be successful in decreasing the amount of games missed. Take the Yes.