Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will begin his six-game suspension immediately.
The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday to deny a temporary injunction on his suspension. The judges also granted Elliott an expedited appeal of that ruling, but it won’t be heard in enough time for him to avoid missing games.
Elliott’s hearing is set for Dec. 1, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Katie Hairopoulos.
This means that if the court rules in his favor the next time around, the absolute earliest that Elliott can to return to the field is for the Cowboys’ Dec. 10 matchup against the New York Giants.
In August the NFL suspended Elliott six games for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The suspension came as a result of their year-long investigation into accusations against him of domestic violence made by his former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.
He was not charged with a crime by the Columbus, Ohio prosecutor.
The NFLPA filed a lawsuit on Elliott’s behalf after his appeal to an arbitrator was denied, and his case has been heard in court five times since then, via NFL.com.
The Cowboys are on the road against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and their next five games are against the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Redskins, Giants and Oakland Raiders.
If he does indeed serve all six games, he will return to the field on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks.
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