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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott acknowledged the appeals process has been "a little tiring," but he is not ready to end his fight with the NFL over a six-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy.
"When you get accused of something of that magnitude, you kind of get labeled as an abuser, and that's not me," Elliott said. "That's not how I want to be seen. That's not what I want to represent to my family. So I mean it's just important for me to fight."
Although Elliott was not charged by Columbus, Ohio, authorities, the NFL said it had "persuasive" evidence that he committed domestic violence against a former girlfriend on multiple occasions in the summer of 2016.
On Tuesday, Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order by a New York judge, which will allow Elliott to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The hearing for an injunction is set to be heard on or before Oct. 30.
"There's been a lot of hard work, and it's definitely a tough job, but they've served me well," Elliott said of his legal team.
If Elliott wins the injunction, he could be eligible to play for the remainder of the season; however, the possibility exists that he could serve the suspension in 2018.
Elliott was initially suspended by the NFL in August, but he won a reprieve in a Texas court with an injunction. Last week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the decision, which led the NFL to place him on the suspended list. He was unable to be with the team on Tuesday, but took part in Wednesday's practice after the temporary restraining order was issued Tuesday night.
"It's been so many ups and downs, lefts and rights, that you don't really know what's coming up next," Elliott said. "You just got to take it day by day and be ready for whatever is going to be needed."
He had a conversation with coach Jason Garrett after the ruling was announced. Several teammates said they were glad to learn Elliott will be back, even if it might just temporary.
"It's great to have him back," quarterback Dak Prescott
Dallas has been chosen as the host of the 2018 NFL draft, with all three days taking place at AT&T Stadium, commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday.
The event will be held April 26-28 at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys had earlier pushed for the draft to be held at both AT&T Stadium and The Star, the team's new training facility in Frisco.
"Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event's evolution and grow it even further," Goodell said at the NFL owners meetings in New York. "We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality."
The NFL said the draft site will use the AT&T Stadium field, stands and outdoor plazas, where the NFL Draft Experience festival will take place. The three-day event will again be televised live by ESPN.
"I really think we came up with an idea and concept that will deliver a unique experience unlike anything seen at the NFL draft so far," Cowboys executive Charlotte Jones Anderson said.
Philadelphia had been in contention to again host the draft, while Green Bay and Kansas City were considered long shots.
It will be the first time the draft will happen in an NFL stadium. Last year's event drew an estimated 250,000 fans and was held outdoors for the first time, taking place on the steps of the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The draft never has been held in Texas. A move there represents yet another venue for the event after a run from 1965 to 2014 in which the draft was held annually in New York.
After two years in Chicago, the draft returned to Philadelphia earlier this year for the first time since 1961.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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