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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's fate will come down to Judge Edward Prado.

Ezekiel Elliott suspension hearing reportedly hinges upon one judge

Ryan Wooden

The NFL’s attempt to stay a temporary injunction on the suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is going to come down to one judge.

According to a report from Daniel Wallach of The Sports Law Blog, Judge Jennifer Elrod is leaning toward siding with the NFL and Judge James Graves, Jr. is leaning toward siding with the NFL Players Association. That means the decision will come down to the ruling of Judge Edward Prado.

The three-judge panel heard arguments from both sides on Monday and plans on making a decision as quickly as possible. The Cowboys have a bye in Week 6, so the logical conclusion should come at some point in the next 7-to-10 days.

If the NFL is awarded the stay, they’d be able to immediately impose their suspension on Elliott, although the NFLPA would then have the ability to file for another temporary restraining order prohibiting them from enforcing the punishment. If the stay isn’t granted, Elliott will be allowed to play out the season as the case continues through the legal system.

The Cowboys take on the Green Bay Packers in a critical Week 5 matchup on Sunday, and Elliott will be on the field. However, it will be interesting to see if Elliott is on the field when the Cowboys return from their bye against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7.