Appeals court rules against Elliott, clears way for suspension

Appeals court rules against Elliott, clears way for suspension

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has vacated a Texas judge's injunction in the Ezekiel Elliott case, meaning the Cowboys running back's suspension is set to take effect immediately.

Mazzant's ruling enabled Elliott to play in the Cowboys' first five games of this season. As of now, Elliott's suspension is scheduled to start in Week 7, after the Cowboys' bye week.

When the union filed its case in defense of Elliott in Texas, the N.F.L. filed a separate motion in the Southern District of NY, where it argued that that court was the appropriate venue for the league and players to settle their disputes.

The NFL has won the latest round of legal wrangling over the Ezekiel Elliott suspension.

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Effectively, Elliott's appeal case, which upheld his suspension, was dismissed in court and the National Football League is now legally able to follow through on its initial six-game suspension.

Important to note, Elliott was never prosecuted for the incidents - and he maintains his innocence.

The league argued that it followed the rules of the labor deal and that the players' union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process had concluded. The league's headquarters is in Manhattan, not Texas, and other cases, including the fight between the league and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, were heard in that court. Elliott and the NFLPA could file to block the suspension again in the same Texas court or in NY.

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