NFL: A six-game sus­pen­sion is back in play for Cow­boys RB Ezekiel El­liot.

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FRISCO, Texas — A fed­eral ap­peals court cleared the way Thurs­day for the NFL to im­pose a six-game sus­pen­sion on Dal­las Cow­boys star 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 5th 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 are not play­ing this week­end.

The Cow­boys don’t play again un­til next Sun­day at San Fran­cisco. If El­liott’s le­gal team can’t put the sus­pen­sion on hold again, he won’t be el­i­gi­ble to play un­til Nov. 30 at home against Wash­ing­ton, a Thurs­day night game the week af­ter Thanks­giv­ing. El­liott played the first five games as Dal­las went 2-3 in a dis­ap­point­ing start.

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 in the city where El­liott starred for Ohio State, cit­ing con­flict­ing ev­i­dence.

El­liott, who set a Dal­las rookie fran­chise record with 1,631 yards rush­ing last sea­son, is fourth in the NFL with 393 yards this year. He had a sea­son-high 116 yards in a 35-31 loss to Green Bay on Sun­day.

A fed­eral ap­peals court Thurs­day lifted an in­junc­tion that blocked a six-game sus­pen­sion for Cow­boys run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott, clear­ing the way for the NFL’s pu­n­ish­ment over do­mes­tic vi­o­lence al­le­ga­tions.

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