NFL reinstates Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game suspension after court clears way.
The NFL’s six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott stemming from domestic violence allegations has been reinstated by a federal appeals court.
In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans granted the league’s request for an emergency stay of the injunction issued by a federal judge to keep Elliott’s suspension on hold while his case proceeds in court.
The ruling by the appeals court cleared the way for the NFL to enforce Elliott’s suspension immediately, barring further legal intervention. The Cowboys, who have a record of 2-3, are on their bye week. They next play Oct. 22 at San Francisco.
“Earlier today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction that prohibited the league from imposing the six-game suspension issued to Ezekiel Elliott for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy,” the NFL said in a statement. “The Court also directed the district court to dismiss the union’s lawsuit which was filed on Elliott’s behalf. As a result, Elliott’s suspension will begin effective immediately. Elliott is eligible to return to the team on Friday, Nov. 24, following the Cowboys’ Thursday, Nov. 23, game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”
Elliott will miss games against the 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers if the suspension, which is without pay, stands. He will be eligible to return for Dallas’s Nov. 30 game against the rival Redskins.
The Cowboys declined to comment “at this time” through a spokesman.
The league concluded after a lengthy investigation that Elliott was guilty of violence in a series of incidents last year involving his former girlfriend. Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, did not charge Elliott with a crime.