Ezekiel Elliott and his legal team are working on a strategy that could delay his suspension

The chances of Ezekiel Elliott's suspension being overturned on appeal are likely slim, but it's possible that Elliott may employ a strategy that would hold off his punishment until the 2018 season.

On Tuesday, Elliott will have his appeal hearing for the six-game suspension he received from the league stemming from charges of domestic violence.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Elliott's legal team and the NFLPA believe that if the suspension is upheld, they may be able to challenge the charge in federal court due to a procedural violation on the part of the NFL.

The strategy would be somewhat similar to the NFLPA's handling of Deflategate, when Brady's suspension was temporarily thrown out over a lack of due process for the quarterback. While the suspension was reinstated on appeal, the measure did stave off the games Brady missed for an entire season.

Elliott's camp reportedly feels it has a similar opportunity, should he lose his appeal.

The NFLPA and Elliott’s defense team have been looking for a potential procedural violation to mount a challenge in federal court. Sources have told Yahoo Sports that they believe they have it, via some of the same procedural collective bargaining arguments that opened the door for the union and quarterback Tom Brady to sue the NFL in deflate-gate. The sources declined to make the exact violations clear, but told Yahoo Sports that it involves all three of the aforementioned developments: naming Henderson as a partial arbitrator; failing to require Thompson to appear for cross-examination; and refusing to produce investigative material gathered when the NFL interviewed Thompson on multiple occasions.

Elliott's camp believes they could potentially use decisions made by the NFL to take the case to federal court. First, Roger Goodell named former league executive Harold Henderson as the independent arbiter for the appeal, a decision that the player's union believed took the process further from neutrality.

Additionally, Henderson, in his capacity as arbiter, has refused a request from Elliott's camp to make his accuser available for cross-examination, an important aspect to the case in their eyes, especially after the Columbus City Attorney's office decided not to pursue charges in the case due to "conflicting and inconsistent information."

The Cowboys open the season in Dallas on September 10 against the New York Giants.

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COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Florida A&M Rattlers at Ohio Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 18: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 8: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 8, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State defeated Michigan State 49-37. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 06: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after his team defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 59-0 in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
06 December 2014: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) in action during the NCAA Big 10 Championship football game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Ohio State Buckeyes at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
January 1, 2015: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) and Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee (43) kiss their MVP trophies as they are carted off the field following the Ohio State Buckeyes game versus the Alabama Crimson Tide in their College Football Playoff Semifinal played in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. The Ohio State Buckeyes won 42-35. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a 33 yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 10: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with media during Media Day for the College Football Playoff National Championship at Dallas Convention Center on January 10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after defeating the Oregon Ducks 42 to 20 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Western Michigan Broncos at Ohio Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
September 12 2015: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes greeting fans before the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Hawaii Warriors at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
24 OCFT 2015: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) prior to the game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes played at High Point Solutions Stadium,Piscataway,NJ, (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
14 November 2015: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) in action during a Big Ten football game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium, in Champaign, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes kisses the championship trophy after a 44-28 win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State holds up a jersey after being picked #4 overall by the Dallas Cowboys during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 25: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after Alfred Morris #46 of the Dallas Cowboys scored against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates his third quarter touchdown as the Dallas Cowboys beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-17 on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 28: Dallas Cowboy, Ezekiel Elliott attends the Houston Rockets game against the Dallas Mavericks on October 28, 2016 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys hands the ball off to Ezekiel Elliott #21 during the first quarter of a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter during a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 6, 2016: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys gestures toward the crowd after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Cleveland Browns on November 6, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Dallas won 35-10. (Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMEBER 13: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 13, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Ezekiel Elliott #21 after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys and Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants exchange jerseys after the game at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) share the Galloping Gobbler Award from Fox Sports after the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins on November 24, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Dallas beats Washington 31-26. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a touchdown by jumping into a Salvation Army red kettle during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys takes a knee in the end zone before the Cowboys played the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium on December 26, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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