The league wrote in a filing Wednesday to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that the players' union case filed on behalf of Elliott had resulted in "hopelessly doomed proceedings."
The three-judge panel requested arguments from both sides over U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant's jurisdiction.
The Texas judge granted Elliott's request for an injunction while the case plays out in federal court. The NFL asked the appeals court for an emergency stay of Mazzant's ruling, and oral arguments are set for Monday.
The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended by Commissioner
Andrew Luck’s return to practice has been put on hold at least one more week. On Wednesday, two days after explaining there was “a chance” the
"He's still a week away as far as his throwing progression and things like that," Pagano said. "So we'll keep him out of practice this week and hopefully integrate him next week."
Bradford held out
The possibility increased Wednesday when
Zimmer said Bradford will remain the starter as soon as he's healthy again, but Keenum's performance in the victory over Tampa Bay certainly gave the Vikings more confidence they can win without Bradford.
Garrett, the top overall pick in the draft, has missed Cleveland's first three games with a right high ankle sprain suffered in the days before the season opener.