Ezekiel Elliott granted stay and is eligible to play Sunday

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"It's bigger than football, them [NFL] trying to make me something I'm not". This is my name, this is my reputation.

"I had no idea when I came in on Friday that I was going to have the chance to come in". Elliott, who was not arrested or charged in the case, maintains his innocence after being accused of assaulting his former girlfriend in Columbus, Ohio. The NFL, however, found there was sufficient evidence to suspend Elliott six games - the baseline punishment for domestic violence under the league's personal conduct policy - in August.

With oral arguments taking place on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. ET, a ruling should be made prior to the Cowboys' Week 10 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Elliott's suspension is still on hold, as the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the players union's request for a stay. The 2nd Circuit said its brief order does not constitute a resolution on the merits of the court case.

A hearing to determine whether to grant an injunction - which could allow Elliott to remain eligible to play all season - had not been scheduled as of Friday afternoon.

The NFL is unlikely to agree upon a settlement with Elliott.

A panel of federal judges will convene this week to hear Elliott's request for an injunction that would overturn Judge Katherine Polk Failla's ruling from Monday. "He knows the system". ESPN reported earlier Sunday that Elliott's outside attorneys have attempted to reach a settlement with the NFL.

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