The latest chapter in Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension saga was handed down Thursday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and Elliott’s 6-game suspension was upheld.
The court denied Elliott’s request for an injunction, saying the Dallas Cowboys running back “failed to meet requisite standard.” The former Ohio State star will have to immediately start serving his suspension, which was originally handed down in August after the NFL concluded an investigation into a domestic abuse allegation against Elliott.
Elliott, who has not missed a game yet this season, will be sidelined until Week 16 when the Cowboys face Seattle on Dec. 24.
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Elliott’s journey through the NFL disciplinary process and U.S. Courts system has been an extraordinarily drawn out affair. The Ohio State alumnus was initially suspended for 6 games in August for domestic violence, which he immediately appealed. When arbitrator Harold Henderson ruled in the NFL’s favor, a restraining order filed by the NFL Players’ Association was granted, allowing Elliott to play while a decision was reached.
Since then, it’s been a back-and-forth of appeals and motions to stop the NFL from suspending Elliott. The NFL was granted a stay in October against the injunction preventing it from suspending Elliott, but the NFLPA’s lawyers refiled the injunction in New York and again allowed Elliott to keep playing. The NFL seemed to clear the way to a suspension last week, but then the NFLPA was granted an administrative stay, leading us up to Thursday.
Throughout the process, Elliott has maintained his innocence, saying he wouldn’t accept a settlement or reduced suspension because he wants to clear his name.
This has been a complicated web of appeals and injunctions involving multiple courts, but Elliott might be out of options after a three-judge panel of 2nd Circuit judges ruled against his appeal. The NFL’s win on Thursday should allow it to finally suspend Elliott, beginning Week 10 with the Cowboys’ game against the Falcons.
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