Elliott's six-game ban restored by court
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension has been reinstated.Â
The lengthy court battle between the NFL and Elliott turned in favour of the league onÂ Thursday, as theÂ Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in in New Orleans vacated hisÂ preliminary injunction, all but restoring his ban.
TheÂ U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas ruled in September that the NFL did not give Elliott a fair hearing for his suspension even before arbitrator Harold Henderson's final ruling, thus granting him a preliminary injunction and allowing him to play.Â
But the Court of Appeals ruled against theÂ injunction, overruling the district court's decision. The FifthÂ Circuit statedÂ that Elliott and the NFLPA filed their lawsuit prematurely, going against the league's collective bargaining agreement.Â
Elliott's sideÂ will now have to refile an injunction inÂ the Southern District of New York, if they areÂ to continue to fight the suspension stemming from a domestic violence allegation.
The Cowboys are on a bye week, and Elliott is now scheduled to miss games against the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers. He would then return toÂ face the Redskins on November 30.
With Elliott likely out, running backÂ Alfred Morris will be inserted into the starting lineup withÂ Darren McFadden spelling him. The loss of Elliott comes as a blow to the Cowboys (2-3), but the experienced offensive line should giveÂ Morris plenty of running room.Â