Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension Back On After Court Ruling


A federal appeals court overturned a district court's decision in the Ezekiel Elliott case Thursday, meaning the Dallas Cowboys running back's six-game suspension has been reinstated.

However, the NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY and seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in order to keep Elliott playing, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program.

The case may not be done yet and further appeals were possible.

After NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the six-game suspension in August, Elliott's camp appealed to the league. The Cowboys have a bye this weekend.

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The most likely destination for further legal challenges from players' union attorneys representing Elliott is with the Southern District of NY. Elliott and the NFLPA could file to block the suspension again in the same Texas court or in NY.

The NFL has won the latest round of legal wrangling over the Ezekiel Elliott suspension. The NFL Players Association is expected to re-file the case and seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would allow Elliott to continue playing. The Columbus, Ohio city prosecutor's office cleared Elliott of any charges, citing misleading and inconsistent information from the accuser, Elliott's ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

What happens next? More appeals, more bickering, and probably several months of this back and forth in federal court between the National Football League and the NFLPA, on Elliott's behalf. Conveniently, that game will be against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

Elliott was not present at that hearing. The league's headquarters is in Manhattan, not Texas, and other cases, including the fight between the league and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, were heard in that court. A federal judge had put Brady's suspension on hold.