“Based upon the preliminary injunction standard, the Court finds, that Elliott did not receive a fundamentally fair hearing, necessitating the Court grant the request for preliminary injunction,” Mazzant wrote in his ruling.
Was an appeal the league’s only option? The league could have placed Elliott on the commissioner’s exempt list to circumvent the court’s decision but elected not to do that, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post.
Putting Elliott on the exempt list would keep him off the field, but he would be paid during his absence.
What happens next? The NFL is appealing Judge Mazzant’s ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The NFL has also filed a motion in Mazzant’s federal court in Texas to change the jurisdiction to a New York City federal court that has historically leaned toward the league’s perspective.
“Think about it — he only came to us a week before last season began,” Diggs told Sporting News on Tuesday in a telephone interview. “He’s been able to spend a lot of time with the receivers this year building trust.
“I feel like we just got a sprinkle of it in the running game,” Diggs said. “He can do a lot more. We’re just gonna keep trying to open those holes for him.
“Any time he touches it, he can take it to the house.”
Warren Moon turned 40 turning the 1996, but missed half the season with a broken collarbone. He bounced back in 1997 to throw for 3,678 yards with 25 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. But Father Time caught up to Moon in 1998 and he started just 11 games over the next three seasons before retiring at the age of 44.
Brett Favre also had success after turning 40 in 2009, leading the Vikings to the NFC championship game. Favre threw for 4,202 yards with 33 touchdowns and a career-low seven interceptions that season. But an Cheap Football Jerseys injury the next year finally ended his NFL record for consecutive games started and he retired Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys following the 2010 season.