The Cowboys-Broncos game was delayed due to severe weather in the area, but the game eventually resumed just before 6 p.m. ET.
The delay came toward the end of the first quarter. The Broncos held a 7-0 lead, when it was announced that the game would be delayed at least 15 minutes to allow thunderstorms to pass.
If, in the Commissioner’s opinion, it is reasonable to project that the resumption of an interrupted game would not change its ultimate result or adversely affect any other inter-team competitive issue, he is empowered to terminate the game.
The following Monday, the NFL filed an appeal of the injunction. Two days later, the NFLPA filed an opposition, saying “The NFL faces no threat of irreparable harm if the stay is not granted, while others, including both Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys, will suffer substantial — in fact, severe and irreparable — harm.”
In its motion, the NFL said that if Mazzant did not issue a ruling by the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 14, that it would appeal to a higher court. Mazzant did not issue a decision, and the NFL filed an emergency motion with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals the following morning, according to sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach.
Elliott’s team didn’t take long to issue a response via a statement obtained by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
“The NFL’s latest maneuvering appears to be indicative of a league with an agenda: trying to navigate a public relations crisis rather than focus on fairness and fact finding,” the statement read.