After going from suspended to active multiple times over the past few weeks, it seems that Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott will finally be serving the six game suspension that was handed down to him in August.
The NFL Players Association’s emergency injunction request on behalf of Elliott was denied Thursday by the 2nd U.S Circuit Court of Appeals. This means that Elliott’s suspension is officially instated, ruling him out for the Cowboys’ game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Elliott is eligible to return Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks, assuming that another appeal doesn’t prove successful.
Denied. pic.twitter.com/qAAwT6dKDb— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 9, 2017
Legal battles have kept Elliott eligible to play for the first half of the season, when he racked up 783 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. Elliott won a preliminary injunction in a Texas district court in September, but the 5th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that court wasn’t supposed to hear Elliott’s case.
Elliott was handed the suspension after the NFL announced they obtained persuasive evidence that the running back committed domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend while in school at Ohio State.
The next court date for Elliott’s case is set for December 1st. Pending any intervention, it seems that the Cowboys’ running back has avoided the inevitable long enough.