The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Ezekiel Elliott’s and the NFL Players Association’s request for an injunction pending appeal in Elliott’s case.
The Cowboys running back is set to begin serving his six-game suspension Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.
The decision almost certainly keeps Elliott off the field for the next six games. Elliott currently is not eligible to play until Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 24. The NFLPA’s expedited appeal hearing is scheduled to take place before the 2nd Circuit on Dec. 1 — meaning Elliott will almost certainly miss the next four games.
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The 2nd Circuit denied the injunction request after hearing oral arguments from both union and NFL lawyers during a hearing in New York on Thursday, which Elliott attended. The three-judge panel’s decision allows the league to enforce the suspension until a ruling is made in the NFLPA’s case, according NFL Network legal analyst Gabe Feldman.
Until today’s ruling, the second-year running back hasn’t missed a game this season for the Cowboys. Elliott, who tallied a league-best 1,631 rushing yards en route to a First Team All-Pro selection as a rookie, sits second in NFL rushing this season with 783 yards. He’s tied with Todd Gurley for most rushing touchdowns (7) in 2017.
Unless his lawyers can get the suspension put on hold again, Elliott will miss games against the Falcons,Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Oakland Raiders.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott in August following a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations made by Tiffany Thompson, his former girlfriend. The league concluded he violated its personal conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence violations. Elliott, 22, was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.