Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension has been exhausting for everyone involved, including fans and fantasy football players that simply want clarity at this point above all else. On Thursday, though, the latest ruling in his legal case came down and, in short, Elliott’s six-game suspension will (finally) begin this week when the Cowboys travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.

Barring what most have described as something of a “Hail Mary” in the case, Elliott’s next legal date for monitoring will be on Dec. 1, as Todd Archer of ESPN reports that Elliott’s team will be appealing next at the start of next month. If that is the case, Elliott will absolutely miss four games beginning this week in Atlanta and the stretch includes contests against the Eagles, Chargers (on Thanksgiving) and Redskins.

If the appeal is heard on Dec. 1 and Elliott’s side were to emerge victorious, it is possible that he could return to action on Dec. 10 against the Giants, but of course, that estimate requires some legal hoops to jump through. Regardless, the big takeaway now is that Elliott will almost certainly be off the field for four games before any light emerges at the end of the tunnel and, even in that case, he would still have two additional games to serve if the appeal was simply pushed back with an allowance for him to play in the meantime.

Appeal date has reportedly been set for Ezekiel Elliott, meaning he’s guaranteed to miss games Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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