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The NFL has taken steps to reverse a judge’s preliminary injunction that blocks the six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for violating the personal conduct policy.
First, the league asked Judge Amos Mazzant for an emergency stay of the preliminary injunction that he put into place Friday. Second, the NFL filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Brad Nortman Mens Jersey Rising: Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons 鈥?Freeman rushed for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, while also hauling in 54 receptions for 462 yards and two more touchdowns despite splitting carries. After much drama, he was awarded a monster contract extension this offseason. Freeman is elusive in space, powerful up the middle and an able blocker in blitz pickup. He could have an even bigger season this year should he remain healthy.
Falling: Cam Newton, QB, Panthers 鈥?Newton took the world by storm in 2015 while leading Carolina back to the Super Bowl. Last year was a struggle, however, as the Panthers missed the playoffs. While Newton’s star may currently be drifting in the wrong direction, he has the talent and supporting cast to bounce back and reverse course.
Circle this game on the schedule: Panthers at Falcons, Week 17, Dec. 31 鈥?All the games within this division should be worth watching, but the Week 17 tilt between the Panthers and Falcons could have major playoff implications. Arguably two of the most talented teams in the NFL, Carolina and Atlanta may provide some late-season drama on New Year’s Eve as both teams try to lock up the division title.