Ezekiel Elliott suspension: Cowboys RB now suspended after court denies emergency motion
Ezekiel Elliot’s six-game suspension is back on after the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request for an emergency motion.
Ezekiel Elliot’s six-game suspension is back on after the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request for an emergency injunction at a hearing Thursday in New York.
A series of injunctions and restraining orders have allowed Elliott, 22, to play to this point, but a three-judge panel decided another injunction wasn’t in the cards for the Cowboys running back.
The NFL Players’ Association requested an expedited appeal, and the court responded later Thursday by scheduling a hearing for Dec. 1, meaning Elliott is guaranteed to miss at least the next four games.
The NFLPA has argued a suspension would irreparably harm Elliott’s career. The NFL, however, said roughly 100 players have been suspended for approximately 500 games over the past season and a half, therefore “Elliott’s claim of irreparable injury is indistinguishable from those that could be made by 100 other players.”
Elliott is second in the NFL with 783 rushing yards and tied for the league lead with seven rushing scores. If his six-game suspension is upheld at the Dec. 1 hearing, he would be eligible to return the field on Dec. 24 when the Cowboys, currently 5-3, face the Seahawks at home.
The six-game suspension stems from a domestic violence allegation by Elliott’s former girlfriend in July of 2016. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell initially decided there was enough “persuasive evidence supporting” Tiffany Thompson’s allegations of domestic abuse.
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.
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