A federal appeals court has lifted an injunction that blocked the six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott, clearing the way for the NFL's punishment over domestic violence allegations and likely leading to the running back's legal team seeking further relief.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday granted the league's emergency request to set aside the injunction and ordered the district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott's case. The three-judge panel voted 2-1 to back the NFL's argument.
The case may not be done yet and further appeals were possible. One of Elliott's representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Cowboys (2-3) have a bye this weekend. If the suspension holds, Elliott would miss games against the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers.
He would be eligible to return in Week 13 against Washington.
Elliott played the first five games while the case was in the courts. He rushed for 393 on 105 carries, an average of just 3.7 yards. He led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards last season as a rookie.
A federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL Players Association attorneys who argued that the investigation of allegations in Ohio and a subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott.
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