Ezekiel Elliott will be allowed to play for Cowboys against Chiefs

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"I mean, this is bigger than a suspension, it's bigger than football".

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The stay request approved by the second U.S. Court of Appeals was only in place through Sunday. "That's not who I am".

Ezekiel Elliott has a strong explanation for why he continues to fight his suspension at every turn.

He said he'd welcomed a few off days when he ran but also recovered from a "heavy load" last Sunday, when he rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-19 victory at Washington.

A federal appeals court in NY granted a brief administrative stay of Elliott's suspension Friday morning, temporarily clearing his eligibility to play.

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Okafor is scheduled to make just under $5 million this season. "I was playing so I didn't really have any complaints". Okafor has been out of the lineup this season and has said he wants to play .

Elliott was suspended in August after the National Football League investigated several alleged physical confrontations that occurred in 2016 with Elliott's girlfriend at the time.

The stop-and-go season has not discouraged Elliott from moving forward with the appeals process each time a court upholds the suspension.

A panel of federal judges will convene next week to hear Elliott's request for an injunction that overturns Judge Katherine Failla's ruling from Monday.

2nd Circuit: "We note that the issuance of an administrative stay does not constitute a resolution on the merits".

It said "swift discipline" should not be manipulated by players and teams seeking to strategically time court challenges so that suspensions are served when they play weaker opponents or when an injury would already require a player to remain off the field. He hasn't considered accepting the punishment, he said, because the consequences affect more than his playing career.