US Appeals Court rules against Elliott, six-game suspension back on

Oct 29 2017 Landover MD USA Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott carries the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second half at Fed Ex Field. Mandatory Credit Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

But the three-judge panel on Thursday sided with the NFL after hearing oral arguments from league lawyers and the NFLPA.

Though Columbus authorities never filed charges, the NFL leveled the ban on Elliott for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

A series of injunctions and restraining orders have allowed Elliott to play to this point, but a three-judge panel decided against yet another injunction, meaning he is not now eligible to return until the Cowboys' December 24 clash with the Seattle Seahawks.

Thompson's domestic violence allegations against Elliott led Goodell to suspend the running back for six games.

Elliott's legal team has been tenacious in their attempt to fight a six-game suspension. His 0.07 Rushing Net Expected Points per play this season rank 3rd out of the 21 running backs with at least 100 carries.

Ezekiel Elliott is officially out this week when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The collective bargaining agreement between the National Football League and NFLPA affords commissioner Roger Goodell the power to make decisions on suspensions.

Elliott and the NFLPA next can appeal to the full appeals court and then to the U.S. Supreme Court, if they choose.

The difference this week is that Elliott, the NFL's second-leading rusher, was with his teammates.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the case after Elliott received an administrative stay in NY federal court last Friday.

The NFL handed down Elliott's suspension August 11 after a yearlong investigation into accusations of domestic violence in Ohio.

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