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A fed­eral ap­peals court lifted an in­junc­tion that blocked a six-game sus­pen­sion for Dal­las Cow­boys star Ezekiel El­liott, clear­ing the way for the NFL’s pun­ish­ment over do­mes­tic vi­o­lence al­le­ga­tions and likely lead­ing to the run­ning back’s le­gal team seek­ing fur­ther re­lief. The 5th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in New Or­leans on Thurs­day granted the league’s emer­gency re­quest to set aside the in­junc­tion and or­dered the district court in Texas to dis­miss El­liott’s case. The three-judge panel voted 2-1 to back the NFL’s ar­gu­ment. A fed­eral judge in Texas is­sued an in­junc­tion that blocked the sus­pen­sion last month, agree­ing with NFL play­ers’ union at­tor­neys who ar­gued the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the al­le­ga­tions in Ohio and sub­se­quent ap­peal were un­fair to El­liott. The NFL coun­tered that it fol­lowed pro­ce­dures un­der the league’s labour deal.

Ezekiel El­liott

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