Sports | November 5, 2017 10:43 am

Ezekiel Elliott’s Lawyers Looking for Settlement With NFL: Report

Cowboys running back is quietly seeking reduced suspension.

NFL Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott quietly has his legal team off and running on proposing a potential settlement with the NFL that would shorten his six-game suspension, according to ESPN.

Elliott, who was suspended on Aug. 11 for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a former girlfriend accused him of domestic violence, has managed to stay on the field with some legal maneuvering that’s delayed the start of the suspension. (Elliott was not charged by Columbus, Ohio, police for the alleged crime.)

On Friday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay to the NFL Players Association, allowing Elliott to suit up for the Cowboys’ Sunday game against the Chiefs.

But last season’s rookie of the year is running out of room to run, and neither the NFL or the players’ union seems to be in a hurry to back down, sources told ESPN.

A panel of federal judges will rule on Elliott’s request for an injunction that overturns a previous ruling upholding the suspension. Given the uncertainty of his immediate future, Elliott has incentive to reach a deal.