Zeke to serve six-game suspension.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will have to serve his six-game suspension after all.
A federal appeals court has reportedly overturned a district court's decision in the Ezekiel Elliott case today, meaning the 22-year old stud running back's six-game suspension has been reinstated.
According to NFL.com,
"The 5th Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL that the district court did not have subject matter jurisdiction in Elliott case after hearing oral arguments from the league and NFL Players Association lawyers earlier this month. It vacates the preliminary injunction and directs an order to the lower court to dismiss the case."
In the wake of today's ruling, the NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and could seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction which would allow Elliott to keep playing, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program (H/T NFL).
Although Elliott was never charged in the domestic violence case, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for six games following a year-long investigation into the accusations made by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. The league determined that he violated the NFL's conduct policy, which warranted a mandatory six-game suspension.
The Dallas Cowboys have a bye this weekend, so Elliott's suspension would begin with the team's Week 7 matchup against the 49ers in San Francisco. Zeke would be eligible to return for the Cowboys' Thursday night game against the Washington Redskins in Week 13.
BREAKING: Federal appeals court clears way for NFL's 6-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott in domestic case— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) October 12, 2017
As a practical matter, Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension goes back into effect but...his lawyers still can refile in Dallas or fight it in NY.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2017
If Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension now sticks after 5th Circuit ruled in favor of NFL today, here are the 6 games he'll miss:— Brandon George (@DMN_George) October 12, 2017
Oct. 22: at San Francisco
Oct. 29: at Washington
Nov. 5: vs. Kansas City
Nov. 12: at Atlanta
Nov. 19: vs. Philadelphia
Nov. 23: vs. LA Chargers
Wow. DAL obviously on a bye this week so we will see how it plays out but Darren McFadden (who I prefer over Morris) is aval in 80% of lgs https://t.co/LacmdTImCP— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) October 12, 2017