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Cowboys file court papers in support of emergency motion in Ezekiel Elliott case

Cheap Martin Wallace jersey The Dallas Cowboys Jersey have filed in court a declaration of support of the NFL Players Association’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction fighting the six-game suspension levied by the league against running back Ezekiel Elliott Jersey. Cowboys general counsel Jason Cohen observed the three-day appeal hearing Elliott took part in this week in New York.

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He wrote Elliott’s six-game suspension would “cause the Cowboys irreparable harm.” He said Elliott plays a “critical role on our team — both as a leader and a player” and every practice and game that Elliott misses, “will hurt our team’s chances of having a successful season and making it to the 2017-2018 NFL playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl.”

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The NFLPA filed a request for a temporary restraining order in the Eastern District of Texas, calling for the courts to block any suspension upheld by NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson, according to a court filing obtained by ESPN.

cheap jerseys The filing accused the league’s appeals process of being “fundamentally unfair” and citing new facts revealed during this week’s hearing that wrapped up Thursday.

Cheap Martin Wallace jersey If Henderson rules that Elliott should remain suspended for any stretch of games, the court then can decide to stay the suspension while it reviews the matter, and Elliott could potentially be allowed to play while the case works its way through the courts.

In the filing, the NFLPA alleges “there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives … to hide critical information — which would completely exonerate Elliott” in his domestic violence case.

“During the course of the past 13 months and culminating in the last three days of the appeal process, we have witnessed some of the most egregious violations of legal due process in connection with the NFL’s investigation of Mr. Elliott,” read a statement from Elliott’s attorneys Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum. “Not only did the underlying facts not support the false allegations made against Mr. Elliott, but the process in which they were gathered and adjudicated were fundamentally unfair. Mr. Elliott looks forward to being completely vindicated and will continue to explore all other legal options to redress the reputational and monetary harm that he has suffered.”

According to the filing, Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL’s director of investigations, testified Tuesday that she was the only NFL employee who interviewed the running back’s accuser, Tiffany Thompson, during the investigation and that she would not have recommended discipline for Elliott based on what she found. In her testimony, Roberts said that another NFL security representative was with her during an interview with Thompson.

The filing also said Roberts told Lisa Friel, who investigates domestic violence cases for the NFL, of her views, but was never allowed to convey them to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or the “independent advisors.”

The NFLPA says Roberts concluded after reviewing all evidence that Thompson “was not credible in her allegations of abuse,” according to the filing.

“The withholding of this critical information from the disciplinary process was a momentous denial of the fundamental fairness required in every arbitration and, of course, does not satisfy federal labor law’s minimal due process requirements,” the union wrote.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Friday morning that it’s “unequivocally, absolutely false” that Goodell was not aware of Roberts’ findings in the investigation before he imposed discipline.

“The idea that this was a conspiracy is false,” Lockhart said. “The credibility issues were addressed at length in the investigative report. Kia Roberts’ points were made very clearly. The 160-page report included a fulsome description of the credibility problems of both Tiffany Thompson and Ezekiel Elliott Jersey.”

Lockhart said the court will have to decide whether the league adhered to the CBA in its investigation, and the league obviously believes it did.

During NFLPA lawyer Jeffrey Kessler’s questioning of Friel, he asked her if she knew of anyone involved in the investigation “said we should not pursue discipline in this matter because the evidence is so inconsistent and there’s so many credibility issues.”

Friel answered: “I don’t know if I can answer that.” She added that one side conducts the investigation and the other side – Goodell – decides discipline. She did say that Roberts expressed concerns about the credibility of Elliott’s accuser.

Until a decision is made by Henderson, Elliott remains eligible to play in the Sept. 10 season opener against the New York Giants Jersey. If he upholds the suspension, then Elliott could still be eligible if an emergency motion is granted.

The NFLPA paperwork contained a pro forma document in such filings: a draft copy of a temporary restraining order — in Elliott’s favor — to be signed by the judge overseeing the case. ESPN briefly incorrectly reported that an injunction had been granted.

Taking a legal stance against the NFL is not new for Jerry Jones.

In 1995 Jones filed a $750 million lawsuit against the NFL after the league brought a $300 million suit against Jones for signing marketing agreements with Pepsi and Nike for Texas Stadium outside of NFL Properties.

The sides eventually settled their differences without going through with the suits.

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Redskins release defensive back Will Blackmon

Cheap Bud Dupree jersey The Washington Redskins Jersey released longtime defensive back Will Blackmon Jersey Friday. He was the most noteworthy of their early cuts in trimming the roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Blackmon has played 10 seasons in the NFL, spending his first four years with Green Bay. Blackmon has started 30 games in his career, with 28 coming in the past four seasons. Blackmon also played two years each with the New York Giants Jersey, Jacksonville Jaguars Jersey and Washington.

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He joined the Redskins in Week 2 of 2015 and became a valuable backup corner before moving to safety after the season.

cheap sports jerseys Blackmon only costs $75,000 in dead money after the release. He would have counted $1.075 million had he made the active roster.

Cheap Bud Dupree jersey Multiple team sources had indicated earlier in the week that this move would likely occur, signaling that the Redskins would only keep four safeties on the active roster. They also have veteran DeAngelo Hall Jersey, who is expected to remain on the physically unable to perform list when the season begins.

Blackmon was not going to beat out starters D.J. Swearinger Jersey Jersey or Su’a Cravens Jersey. The Redskins liked the way former corner Deshazor Everett progressed in his second season at safety, and they drafted Montae Nicholson Jersey in the fourth round.

They also like seventh-round pick Josh Holsey, who could make the team as a sixth corner.

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Pats’ Cyrus Jones has torn ACL, will miss entire season

Cheap Tyrunn Walker jersey New England Patriots Jersey 2016 second-round draft choice Cyrus Jones Jersey, who projected as the team’s top punt returner after Julian Edelman Jersey tore his right ACL last Friday, suffered his own torn ACL in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the New York Giants Jersey and is lost for the season. An MRI Friday on his right knee confirmed the severity of the injury, which was first reported by the NFL Network.

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Jones was playing cornerback when the injury happened with 8:38 remaining in the second quarter, as he was covering Giants receiver Travis Rudolph up the left sideline. When Jones stepped with his right foot, his leg seemed to give out on the synthetic grass surface. There was no contact that led to the injury. Medical staffers helped Jones to the sideline as he couldn’t apply much pressure, if any, on his right foot.

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Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones Jersey suffered a right knee injury on Thursday night, and a source told ESPN that Jones’ season could be in jeopardy.

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Cheap Tyrunn Walker jersey His value as a returner is what led the Patriots to select him with their top pick in the 2016 draft (60th overall), over a handful of players the club had rated similarly. Jones struggled as a rookie in the role, but had shown improvement in the 2017 preseason.

The injury could thrust veteran receiver Danny Amendola Jersey Jersey into the top punt returner role. However, the Patriots might be concerned about expanding his workload and increasing his injury risk because they likely will tap him more at receiver after Edelman’s season-ending knee injury.

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