Ezekiel Elliott's Six Game Suspension Is Reinstated

Appeals court rules against Elliott, clears way for suspension

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the National Football League to suspend Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott six for a domestic violence case in Ohio.

The Dallas Cowboys are on their bye week and may be without their star running back when they return to play on October 22. Henderson upheld Elliott's suspension, and Elliott's representatives petitioned Judge Amos Mazzant in the Eastern District Court of Texas for an emergency injunction that would lift Elliott's suspension until a decision was reached on the court case.

Elliott was previously accused of domestic violence in OH, but police chose not to press charges. Elliott is expected to now take his case to the Southern District of NY, which is viewed as a more favorable court for the NFL.

The NFL, maintaining that it adhered properly to the sport's disciplinary procedures, quickly sought the intervention of the New Orleans-based appeals court.

The Court of Appeals ruled against the injuction Thursday, overruling the district court's decision. It's a labor law issue surrounding Goodell's power over player discipline and whether or not he is wielding it in a way that is consistent with the personal conduct policy and the current collective bargaining agreement.

The circuit court's ruling does not mean Elliott's fight is over.

Elliott was not present at that hearing.

"The 5th Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL that the district court did not have subject matter jurisdiction in Elliott case after hearing oral arguments from the league and NFL Players Association lawyers earlier this month". "So this is not over yet, particularly with the bye week, that Elliott will not serve the suspension". In the most prominent, the Tom Brady "Deflategate" case, Brady secured an injunction, allowing him to play the entire 2015 season.

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