Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Ezekiel Elliott's 6-Game NFL Suspension Reinstated by Court

Ezekiel Elliott's 6-Game NFL Suspension Reinstated by Court

On Thursday afternoon, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled in favor of the National Football League in their case against Dallas Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The three-judge panel voted 2-1 to back the NFL's argument.

Elliott's camp, however, is likely to file another temporary restraining order in a NY court to once again fight the six-game span that stems from domestic violence allegations made against him in OH past year.

Goodell suspended Elliott after a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations made by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. One of Elliott's representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, the case may not be done yet and further appeals are expected from Elliott's legal team.

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Elliott has been able to play while his suspension was being evaluated in court, but it was announced Thursday that his appeal was denied, leaving his availability for Week 7 and beyond in question. Before Henderson reached a decision - but after he heard the appeal - the NFLPA, expecting the worst, filed a lawsuit against the league in a federal court in Texas.

The NFL previously prevailed at the appellate level in cases involving Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady in which the NFLPA challenged disciplinary measures and scored victories at the district court level.

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

The NFL appeal was part of an attempt by the NFL to enforce Elliott's suspension this season and confirm NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to issue punishment based on "conduct detrimental" to the league as mandated in Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement. In that scenario, you're thrown back to square one and the only place this could be heard now is in the southern district of NY, which is the court that Zeke and Elliott's people definitely wanted to avoid.

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