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

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott

A federal appeals court overturned a district court's decision in the Ezekiel Elliott case Thursday, meaning the Dallas Cowboys running back's six-game suspension has been reinstated.

According to the letter Elliott received informing him of the suspension, the National Football League believed he used "physical force" three times over five days in a Columbus, Ohio, apartment last July resulting in injuries to Thompson's face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, hips and knees. The Cowboys are on bye for Week 6.

The appeals court ruled that Elliott and the NFLPA had not exhausted all available options when it asked for the preliminary injunction in a Texas court before the league ruled on Elliott's suspension. If the suspension picks up for Week 7, starting on October 22, Elliott wouldn't be eligible to play until November 30 against the Washington Redskins.

The Cowboys declined to comment "at this time" through a spokesman. The NFL players' union sued on Elliott's behalf.

The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations last summer with his girlfriend at the time.

The NFL, maintaining that it adhered properly to the sport's disciplinary procedures, quickly sought the intervention of the New Orleans-based appeals court.

Elliott, the league's leading rusher last season as a rookie, has totaled 393 rushing yards in five games this season.

The judges voted 2-1 to grant the NFL's emergency request and ordered the U.S. Eastern District Court in Sherman to dismiss Elliott's case.

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