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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 13, 2017 1:00 am

NFL

Back injury ends Eifert's season

Associated Press

CINCINNATI – Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss the rest of the season with a back injury that has put his career in jeopardy.

The fifth-year veteran missed half of last season with ankle and back injuries. The Bishop Dwenger and Notre Dame graduate had surgery on a disc in his back in December. He aggravated it in the second game this season, forcing him to consider another procedure. He's been inactive for the past three games.

Eifert had four catches for 46 yards. In the past two seasons, he's played in eight games and had 33 catches.

The Bengals made him the 21st overall choice in the 2013 draft, hoping his pass receiving skills would upgrade their offense. A dislocated elbow in the 2014 opener ended that season.

Elliott suspension may be back on

A federal appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a six-game suspension for Dallas star Ezekiel Elliott, clearing the way for the NFL's punishment over domestic violence allegations and likely leading to the running back's legal team seeking further relief.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans granted the league's emergency request to set aside the injunction and ordered the district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott's case. The three-judge panel voted 2-1 to back the NFL's argument.

A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL players' union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in Ohio and subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott.

The NFL countered that it followed procedures under the league's labor deal and that the union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process was complete.

The most likely destination for further legal challenges from players' union attorneys representing Elliott is with the Southern District of New York. The NFL filed in that federal court after Elliott's NFL appeal was denied by arbitrator Harold Henderson last month.

If Elliott's legal team can't put the suspension on hold again, it can begin Oct. 22 at San Francisco and Elliott won't be eligible to play until Nov. 30 at home against Washington, a Thursday night game the week after Thanksgiving. Elliott played the first five games. The Cowboys are not playing this weekend.

Giants suspend DB indefinitely

Suspended cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie met with New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo and was told that his suspension is indefinite.

The Giants said the meeting took place Thursday morning.

Neither Rodgers-Cromartie nor McAdoo was immediately available for comment.

Players can be suspended a maximum of four weeks under the collective bargaining agreement.

The Giants suspended Rodger-Cromartie on Wednesday for leaving the team facility before practice. He had been told by McAdoo on Tuesday that he would be inactive for Sunday night's game in Denver because he left the bench in the second half of a loss to the Chargers and went to the locker room. He later returned.

The 31-year-old told ESPN that he left the building because he was upset. He said he argued with McAdoo on Sunday during the game.

The coach told him Tuesday that he would have to practice this week despite being inactive.