The NFL won the latest bout in the back and forth with attorneys for the Cowboys’ star running back, Ezekiel Elliot, with U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denying Elliot’s request for an injunction in the NFL’s ruling that he shall be suspended six games in connection with domestic violence that occurred last year.
The suspension is now back on for the time being, with Elliot’s camp expected to file an appeal that would further delay the process and allow him to continue to play. The former Ohio State running back had a tumultuous relationship with ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson but was found by local law enforcement to not have committed anything worthy of formal charges.
The NFL, however, suspended him under its own set of rules based on its own investigation.
Failla put the ruling on hold for 24 hours to give Elliott’s legal team time to appeal, a likely move.
It’s the second time a federal ruling has overturned a reprieve that kept Elliott on the field.
Earlier this month, a federal appeals court threw out a Texas court’s injunction and ordered the dismissal of Elliott’s lawsuit there.
The NFL briefly enforced Commissioner Roger Goodell’s suspension before a judge sitting in for Failla in the Southern District of New York issued a temporary restraining order that blocked the punishment for the second time.
If the suspension holds this time, Elliott will be out starting Sunday at home against Kansas City.
He will be eligible to return for the final three games, starting December 17 at Oakland.
The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.
Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence.
Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal.
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