Then an addendum. Beckham missed the game due to an injury, but Ezekiel Elliott suited up for the game when it looked like he would be the one forced to sit out the opener. Until, of course, he did. And if you were watching football, you were listening to commentary about Dallas Cowboy star running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott declined to say that his case has served as motivation now that the games have begun, and said that with a team this talented, he doesn't have to do anything extra. With Elliott, the Cowboys are a Super Bowl contender, certainly the envy of the NFC East.
Elliott rushed 24 times for 104 yards and added 36 yards receiving in the Cowboys' season-opening win over the Giants on Sunday night.
"It just feels good to be out here with these boys", Elliott told reporters after the contest. While the last effort failed, the NFL's initial efforts to stop the NFLPA and Elliott from learning of the relevant evidence of Roberts's opinions were successful. "At times, it's gotten so hard".
The Broncos almost let one slip away on Monday night in a 24-21 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers, and first-year head coach Vance Joseph would be wise not to take his foot off the pedal here if they get off to another fast start.
Elliott was suspended by Goodell in August after the league concluded he had several physical confrontations last summer with Tiffany Thompson, a former girlfriend.
Elliott had 322 carries a season ago, but was targeted just 39 times out of the backfield. On Sunday, only one other tailback had a single carry.
Who's not: Alfred Morris. Twice he failed to reach the line of scrimmage. Dak Prescott can throw high. We'll share further developments when they become available. He set an National Football League record for most passes to start a career without an interception (176), passing Tom Brady, who went 162 throws without a pick for the New England Patriots in 2000-01. But Dallas dominated in a way that made the Giants barely noticeable, background characters in what could stand as the league's biggest season-long drama. It wasn't a ideal game for Prescott, who completed 24 of 39 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown. "I've kind of stopped worrying about it. That would mean, if the appeal is filed and if it succeeds quickly, Elliott's suspension could be reinstated by Week Two, when the Cowboys play the Broncos", Florio said.
Was an appeal the league's only option?
Ten of Elliott's 15 rushing touchdowns were of at least 3 yards last season. Eventually the league hopes to convince a panel of judges to reverse the decision, allowing the NFL to enforce the six-game suspension.
The NFL returned to court this week asking a federal judge to allow it to suspend Elliott for his off-the-field behavior. "It is what it is", he said.
"There are a lot of nuances that are going to go on there", he said, "both legally and procedurally". Meanwhile, the Cowboys will be able to frustrate Siemian and force him into some more mistakes.
Dallas' offensive line was a hindrance in the first half, mostly because of new right tackle La'el Collins.
That's probably not too surprising.