Ezekiel Elliott loses in appeals court; clearing way for suspension

Ezekiel Elliott loses in appeals court; clearing way for suspension

Ezekiel Elliott loses in appeals court; clearing way for suspension

The United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the National Football League today in the ongoing Ezekiel Elliott case, writing that Elliott's lawsuit contesting his six-game suspension was "premature".

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.

There have been twists and turns throughout the process of the enforcement of the suspension, and Elliott has thus far been allowed to play, but now that the suspension is reinstated, the legal fight will shift to Manhattan. The Cowboys have a bye this weekend before resuming play October 22 at San Francisco. The 2-3 Cowboys are on a Bye this week meaning the NFL's suspension of Elliott could be in place as early as Week 7 though Elliott is said to be seeking a new injunction from the Southern District of NY.

With Elliott likely out, running back Alfred Morris will be inserted into the starting lineup with Darren McFadden spelling him.


According to ESPN, the three-judge panel voted to 2-1 to back the NFL's argument against the Dallas Cowboys running back. The NFL filed in NY and they thought this would help them win this case having it away from Elliott's home state of Texas.

Important to note, Elliott was never prosecuted for the incidents - and he maintains his innocence.

To get the background story on the entire Elliott case, check out The Latest On The Ezekiel Elliott Appeal Suspension.

Elliott, the league's leading rusher last season as a rookie, has totaled 393 rushing yards in five games this season.

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