Court OKs El­liott’s 6-game sus­pen­sion

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A fed­eral ap­peals court cleared the way Thurs­day for the NFL to im­pose a six-game sus­pen­sion on Dal­las Cow­boys run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott over do­mes­tic vi­o­lence al­le­ga­tions, sid­ing with the league in the lat­est high-pro­file fight over its abil­ity to pun­ish play­ers for off-field be­hav­ior.

In a 2-1 de­ci­sion, the U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals panel in New Or­leans granted the league’s emer­gency re­quest to set aside an in­junc­tion and or­dered a district court in Texas to dis­miss El­liott’s case.

The NFL an­nounced that the sus­pen­sion was ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, though fur­ther ap­peals were pos­si­ble and the Cow­boys have a bye and don’t play un­til Oct. 22 against the 49ers at Levi’s Sta­dium.

“We are cur­rently ex­plor­ing all of our le­gal op­tions and will make a de­ci­sion as to what is the best course of ac­tion in the next few days,” El­liott at­tor­ney Frank Salzano said.

Last year’s NFL rush­ing leader as a rookie, El­liott was sus­pended in Au­gust by Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell af­ter the league con­cluded fol­low­ing a year­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion that he had sev­eral phys­i­cal con­fronta­tions in the sum­mer of 2016 with Tif­fany Thomp­son, his girl­friend at the time. Pros­e­cu­tors in Colum­bus, Ohio, de­cided not to pur­sue the case, cit­ing con­flict­ing ev­i­dence. An­them news: Ten­nessee Ti­tans wide re­ceiver Rishard Matthews said he would be done play­ing foot­ball when asked on Twit­ter if he would ac­cept a fine or penalty if the NFL in­sti­tuted a new rule for the na­tional an­them, then later deleted the tweet.

The start­ing re­ceiver has stayed in the locker room dur­ing the na­tional an­them through the last two games.

A bar in Irmo, S.C., can­celed its DirecTV NFL pack­age over play­ers not stand­ing for the na­tional an­them. WISTV re­ported that man­ager Kim Lanier said Lucky’s Burger Shack nixed its pack­age af­ter con­ver­sa­tions with cus­tomers over cur­rent events.

Last month, Pal­metto Res­tau­rant and Ale House in Greenville said it wouldn’t show NFL games un­til play­ers stopped kneel­ing and be­gan re­spect­ing the Amer­i­can flag. Briefly: Ben­gals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss the rest of the sea­son with a back in­jury that has put his ca­reer in jeop­ardy. He had surgery on a disk in his back in De­cem­ber and was put on in­jured re­serve Thurs­day . ... In­jured Pack­ers run­ning back Ty Mont­gomery has a chance to play Sun­day at Min­nesota. Mont­gomery was listed as full par­tic­i­pant in prac­tice for a sec­ond straight day while wear­ing a flak jacket to pro­tect ribs bro­ken against Chicago on Sept. 28 . ... Line­backer Alec Ogle­tree agreed to a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Los An­ge­les Rams through the 2021 sea­son.

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