Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended for six games starting immediately after the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the NFL on Thursday.
NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero tweeted a copy of the ruling on Thursday. In it, the three-judge panel wrote that Elliott’s pursuit of an injunction blocking the suspension didn’t meet the requisite standard for consideration.
Per court reports, the judges who heard Elliott and the NFL’s respective cases unleashed a decidedly pro-Elliott line of questioning on the NFL’s legal counsel. However, with Veterans Day shutting down the federal government on Friday, the judges came to an expedited ruling that wasn’t in Elliott and Cowboys’ favor.
Had they waited until next week to make their decision, Elliott would have been allowed to play on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons thanks to the administrative stay he had been granted while awaiting the next three-judge panel to hear his appeal. Instead, he’ll miss Sunday’s game and the following six games after that.
However, the one positive to Thursday’s ruling is that he’ll now be eligible to return on Christmas Eve in a Week 16 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks and can participate in the postseason if the Cowboys make it.
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