Why didn't Ezekiel Elliott take 6-game suspension early in season?

Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is back on and it doesn’t appear as if he has a realistic shot at dodging the six-game ban for violating the NFL’s domestic violence policy.

Elliott’s federal court appeal in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals is set for Dec. 1, which means he’s going to miss games against the Atlanta Falcons (Sunday), Philadelphia Eagles (Nov. 19), Los Angeles Chargers (Nov. 23) and Washington Redskins (Nov. 30).

One question many are asking: Why didn’t Elliott take the suspension in September (or perhaps October) when he first received it from the league?

Ezekiel Elliott is still fighting a six-game suspension. (AP)

Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson reported that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was in favor of Elliott settling with the league, however Elliott and the NFLPA never considered it. Among the reasons:

• Elliott was adamant he didn’t physically abuse his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. “It’s them trying to make me something I’m not,” Elliott told the Cowboys’ official team website. “I’m not an abuser. That’s not who I am. This is my name, this is my reputation. This is something I’m going to have to live with beyond football. So every day is worth fighting.”

• Elliott, his lawyers and the NFLPA thought they had a case strong enough to beat the NFL. There were questions about Thompson’s credibility, but more important, one of the league’s top investigators said that Elliott didn’t deserve punishment.

It didn’t matter, as commissioner Roger Goodell notched another legal victory in his belt and reaffirmed his power over the players.

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