Appeals court vacates Ezekiel Elliott injunction


A federal appeals court overturned a district court's decision in the Ezekiel Elliott case Thursday, meaning the Dallas Cowboys running back's six-game suspension has been reinstated.

The Cowboys declined to comment "at this time" through a spokesman. The appeal was centered around concerns about the credibility of Elliott's accuser.

As of last Friday, there had been no settlement discussions between the NFL and Elliott's representatives, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The NFL Players Association is expected to re-file the case and seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would allow Elliott to continue playing.

The NFL countered that it followed procedures under the league's labor deal and that the union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process was complete.

What does this mean for Elliott? Henderson ruled against Elliott the same day Mazzant heard arguments over the injunction. The NFLPA is expected to file a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, according to sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach.

Elliott's lawyers point to appeals hearing testimony from Roberts that notes her lack of support for a suspension because she questioned Thompson's credibility. Prosecutors in OH didn't pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence.

The NFLPA took its challenge to federal court in Texas. In Brady's case, his four-game suspension for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal was enforced at the outset of last season after he played the entire 2015 season based on a ruling by a federal judge. Because of this, according to the court, "the procedures provided for in the collective bargaining agreement between the National Football League and NFLPA were not exhausted", and Elliott's suspension should be upheld.