There won’t be another appeal for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliott has withdrawn his appeal. He will serve all of his six-game suspension, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The running back’s agents released a statement on Wednesday.
“In consultation with the NFLPA and his lawyers, and after careful deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr. Elliott has decided to forgo any further appeals and will serve the remaining suspension,” agents Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano said in a statement, via Rapoport.
“This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape. Mr. Elliott’s desire for closure in this matter is in his best interests, as well as the best interests of his teammates, family and friends. This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by him and his team resulted in the disclosure of many hidden truths regarding this matter, as well as public exposure of the NFL’s mismanagement of its disciplinary process.
“Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come back even stronger both on and off the field. He intends to release a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we have no further comment.”
The Cowboys second-year running back won’t be eligible to return until Dec. 24 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Elliott’s decision to finally accept the full six-game suspension comes after a lengthy court battle. The writing was on the wall when Elliott’s emergency injunction request by the NFLPA on his behalf was denied by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week. He could have appealed again on Dec. 1, meaning he would have been suspended four games before the appeal hearing took place. The decision Wednesday terminates those plans.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott for six games in August after concluding a yearlong investigation that he had several physical altercations with his alleged ex-girlfriend. Elliott continued to play while fighting the suspension.
The 2016 NFL leading rusher is training outside of the country during his suspension.
Elliott served the first game of his suspension last week, when the Cowboys lost to the Atlanta Falcons. The Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Oakland Raiders are the remaining games on the Cowboys’ slate without Elliott.
Dallas will move forward with running backs Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Darren McFadden while Elliott is suspended.