Despite the best efforts of the NFL and to the chagrin of the Giants, the embattled second-year running back was on the field Sunday night, helping his team make a statement as big as any on the season’s opening weekend.
When it was finally over and the Cowboys were celebrating a decisive 19-3 win over a division rival, Jones three times said Elliott’s spot on the active roster was “inspirational” to the rest of the team.
“Every person who’s a part of the Cowboys was lifted by that decision,” he said, referring to a federal judge granting an injunction just two days earlier that keeps Elliott eligible to play while his legal challenge of his six-game suspension is pending.
For his part, Elliott, speaking to the media Sunday night for the first time since June, wasn’t dissecting legal strategy or weighing in on the NFL’s maneuvering to this point.
A year ago, after Brady returned to the lineup, the Patriots won 11 of 12 regular-season games and then breezed through the playoffs, eventually toppling the Falcons in the Super Bowl.
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