Appeals court reinstates Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension by NFL

Lawrence Cooper
October 13, 2017

The Dallas Cowboys and their star running back Ezekiel Elliott received bad news on Thursday, after a federal appeals court overturned the district court's ruling on Elliott's six-game suspension.

On Thursday, the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the NFL's favor that the district court did not "have subject matter jurisdiction" in the Elliott case after hearing arguments from the National Football League and NFLPA. Stay with KLTV for updates. The 2-3 Cowboys are on a Bye this week meaning the NFL's suspension of Elliott could be in place as early as Week 7 though Elliott is said to be seeking a new injunction from the Southern District of NY. They next play October 22 at San Francisco.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's future is in the hands of the 5th Circuit Court. Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, did not charge Elliott with a crime.

The NFL announced the suspension in August after a yearlong investigation found that on three occasions, Elliott caused physical injury to a girlfriend. U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant granted the NFLPA's request for a preliminary injunction.

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He has thrown for 11 touchdowns with one interception and another pick-6 that was officially ruled a fumble. "I didn't know. Through five games, Brady has been sacked 16 times or one more than he was all of last season (12 games).

The good news for the Cowboys is that they have a bye this week, which will give Elliott and the NFLPA some extra time to appeal the Fifth Circuit's ruling. The league won its Deflate-gate case against Tom Brady in that court.

The case will essentially start all over again, but will now move from Texas to NY, where Elliott has 10 days to refile his motion to fight the suspension.

Our models project Elliott for 1,067.2 rushing yards, 262.1 receiving yards, and 12.2 total touchdowns the rest of the season; if he is allowed to play the remaining 11 games, of course.

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