In Hardy’s case, Henderson determined that the 10-game suspension issued by the league was excessive. Henderson reduced Hardy’s suspension to four games. Henderson upheld Peterson’s suspension. Both Peterson and Hardy were suspended before the league adopted its current domestic violence policy in Dec. 2014.
Elliott, Roberts, and the NFLPA’s forensics expert all testified before Henderson. The appeal hearing was initially scheduled for two days, but was extended after the NFL decided to make a witness available by telephone after initially refusing.
Henderson had three options: overturn the suspension, uphold the six-game suspension, or reduce the number of games Elliott is suspended. Henderson chose to uphold the suspension.
He said he hasn’t gotten one definitive answer. Just guesses. And he said the other interesting thing is there’s no logical candidate who could build a consensus to be the next commissioner if Goodell is ousted. It’s a confusing time, in part because it’s unclear whether Goodell and his administration are going to be able to do enough to make the players actually trust the league.
But a month into the season, with only two assists and a minus-7 rating in 10 games, it’s safe to say Okposo is beginning to find life apart from a superstar a bit difficult. The Sabres boast Jack Eichel as a potential linemate, but Okposo hasn’t sniffed those elite minutes yet, and with the way Evander Kane is playing, it doesn’t look like he will. He can safely be dropped for now, and should an injury befall Kane or Jason Pominville, we can revisit Okposo’s potential.
His mobility has helped compensate for a leaky offensive line and tepid support from a running game producing a 3.7-yard average per carry.