Alleged victim in Ezekiel Elliott case not required to appear for appeal

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Arbitrator Harold Henderson denied a request from the NFL Players Association to include the notes of league investigators and Columbus (OH) authorities in the domestic abuse case of Ezekiel Elliott prior to Tuesday's suspension appeal hearing.

Per a league source, Henderson has denied a request from Elliott's representatives to make his accuser, Tiffany Thompson, available to testify.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continued to decline to comment on the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott for violating the personal conduct policy and his appeal hearing, set for Tuesday in NY.

Jones said the Cowboys would not make a filing on Elliott's behalf prior to the hearing, but the team will have a representative in NY.

The NFL spent a long time investigating the matter, was thorough and detailed in its explanation to Elliott, and walking back a six-game suspension for domestic violence with no new evidence would be a bad look.

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Elliott will have his legal representation present, and the NFLPA will have a presence in the hearing, too.

"Well, I don't want to speculate about that at all", he said.

If Henderson does not make a decision by September 2, Elliott will continue to be on the Cowboys' roster and eligible to play the September 10 season opener.

Jones evaded the question when asked if he felt Henderson's role as arbitrator gave Elliott hope of seeing his six-game ban reduced or reversed entirely. While we can anticipate the continued development of quarterback Dak Prescott and properly credit the Cowboys' superb offensive line, it shouldn't be taken for granted that the Cowboys will successfully navigate their first six games if Elliott's appeal fails and he does not get an injunction from the court that would allow him to play. The deadline to get down to 53 players falls on September 2.

It is not clear whether the Cowboys would receive a roster exemption until Henderson makes a ruling.

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