NFL re­in­states Ezekiel El­liott’s 6-game sus­pen­sion af­ter court clears way.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - FOOT­BALL

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.


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