FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not play on Sunday vs. the Falcons after a week of uncertainty surrounding his legal fight against his original six-game suspension by the NFL.
Elliott's injunction request was denied therefore his suspension begins immediately. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Elliott didn't meet the standards to continue blocking the suspension but ordered a hearing as soon as it could be scheduled.
With Elliott suspended, Dallas will turn to Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith to carry the load for the Cowboys' rushing attack.
Morris is likely to get the starting nod with the other two backs expected to get touches as well. In seven appearances this season, Morris has 13 carries for 116 yards. Prior to his time in Dallas, Morris enjoyed being a three-time 1,000-yard rusher in Washington.