Ezekiel Elliott's 6-Game Suspension Back On ... For Now

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2017

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.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted the league's request for an emergency stay of the injunction that was issued by a federal judge to keep Elliott's suspension on hold while his case proceeds in court. The Cowboys are on bye for Week 6. Dallas next plays October 22 in San Francisco.

The league found he violated the league's conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence violations. Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden stand to fill in for Elliott if the suspension is upheld.

Despite his case being struck down by the appeals court, Elliott has some legal life left, albeit not what his team was hoping for.

A three-judge panel heard arguments on the case on October 2.


The league concluded after a lengthy investigation that Elliott was guilty of violence in a series of incidents previous year involving his former girlfriend.

Elliott was not present at that hearing.

When the union filed its case in defense of Elliott in Texas, the N.F.L. filed a separate motion in the Southern District of NY, where it argued that that court was the appropriate venue for the league and players to settle their disputes. That's the same turf where the case of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady crashed and burned in 2016, despite a ferocious effort by players union bulldog litigator Jeffrey Kessler.

Elliott has played in every game this season, rushing for 393 yards and two touchdowns.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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