A three-judge panel from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in NY has denied Ezekiel Elliott's motion for an emergency injunction, clearing the way for the National Football League to begin imposing its six-game suspension of the Cowboys running back.
But the three-judge panel on Thursday sided with the NFL after hearing oral arguments from league lawyers and the NFLPA. After the investigation wrapped in August, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott, saying he violated the league's conduct policy. He is eligible to return to the Cowboys the week before the team's Christmas Eve showdown with the Seahawks in Arlington.
If the suspension extends beyond this Sunday, (as there is still more legal action pending in the courts) the second-year back would miss three pivotal divisional contests that are scheduled for the next six games.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension is back on.
But as of this moment, Elliott will not be allowed to play in the 5-3 Cowboys' game against the Falcons on Sunday.
Elliott's base salary for the 2017 season is $1,584,379. Elliott's suspension will add to that total, in advance of the offseason calculation of bonuses which were or weren't accounted for already.
The union immediately appealed Goodell's decision and Elliott has been able to play while the case works its way through the legal system and led to hard feelings between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Goodell.
The six-game suspension stems from a domestic violence allegation by Elliott's former girlfriend in July of 2016.