The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans has reinstated Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension by vacating his preliminary injunction.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL, stating that the district court does not have subject matter jurisdiction in Elliott’s case, according to NFL Network’s Austin Knoblauch.
“Earlier today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction that prohibited the league from imposing the six-game suspension issued to Ezekiel Elliott for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy,” the NFL released in a statement. “The Court also directed the district court to dismiss the union’s lawsuit which was filed on Elliott’s behalf. As a result, Elliott’s suspension will begin effective immediately. Elliott is eligible to return to the team on Friday, November 24 following the Cowboys’ Thursday, November 23 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”
The NFL Players Association released the following statement after the ruling:
Our statement on today’s decision regarding Ezekiel Elliott. pic.twitter.com/TXiL5YsFTz
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) October 12, 2017
The Cowboys second-year running back has carried the ball 105 times for 393 yards and has scored three total touchdowns this season.
Bottom line: NFL won this round as 5th Circuit vacated Ezekiel Elliott’s preliminary injunction & Eastern District of Texas has to dismiss case. So, his 6-game suspension is back on and could start after bye. Zeke’s side will now have to refile and process starts over in New York
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) October 12, 2017