Ezekiel Elliott hearing ends; Harold Henderson pressured for ruling by Monday

The players association filed a request for a temporary restraining order in the Eastern District of Texas late Thursday, according to an ESPN report, seeking to preemptively block any suspension National Football League arbitrator Harold Henderson may uphold on the Cowboys' star running back.

If league-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson rules to uphold the suspension, the court could issue a stay as it reviews the case - a move that would allow Elliott to avoid being suspended at the start of the season. But Roberts's recommendation was not included in the NFL's final report on the situation, and according to what a source told the Star-Telegram about today's testimony, she was barred from a meeting with commissioner Robert Goodell to discuss the league's discipline of Elliott.

Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations, testified during Elliott's appeal hearing that she was the only person who interviewed Elliott's accuser, Tiffany Thompson, during the league's investigation.

Roberts testified in Elliott's appeal hearing that she did indeed recommend that he should not be disciplined.

But Roberts was not at the meeting as Friel recommended a six-game suspension to Goodell.

Friel testified that she was aware of Roberts' concerns and also confirmed that Roberts was not asked to attend the meeting.

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Henderson reportedly is under pressure to make a final ruling on the appealing by Monday.

The NFL also filed a motion opposing the NFLPA's request for a temporary restraining order, essentially arguing that even if the court chose to hear the case, it should still deny the temporary restraining order because courts must defer to the collectively bargained arbitration process and the arbitrator's decision.

Per PFT's Mike Florio, who has an attorney background, the next step will involve a battle by Elliott to win a ruling that would delay any suspension until all litigation has concluded.

Elliott's appeal took three days and more than 25 hours and it's unclear when a decision will be rendered.

The NFLPA alleges "there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives.to hide critical information - which would completely exonerate Elliott".

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