Bad news for the Dallas Cowboys. a federal appeals court has ruled Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension is back on. It vacates the preliminary injunction and directs an order to the lower court to dismiss the case.
It's a significant loss for the Dallas Cowboys running back, who is now subject to having his six-game suspension begin at the discretion of National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.
As a result, both Elliott and the NFLPA may now need to file for another injunction in Southern District of NY in order for the second-year running back to continue playing.
The ruling removes a temporary injunction granted to Elliott, that allowed him to play while the suspension was fought in court.
Hill noted the National Football League filed a motion on September 11 "for a stay of the injunction that is keeping Elliott on the field until the lawsuit makes it way through the court system, which could take months".
The hope was that the Fifth Circuit judges will agree where Mazzant did not.
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The league concluded after a lengthy investigation that Elliott was guilty of violence in a series of incidents previous year involving his former girlfriend.
But due to the collective bargaining agreement, the National Football League believes it doesn't need a conviction to punish a player.
Elliott was not present at that hearing.
According to the letter Elliott received informing him of the suspension, the National Football League believed he used "physical force" three times over five days in a Columbus, Ohio, apartment last July resulting in injuries to Thompson's face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, hips and knees.
Elliott, 22, was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.