Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017

Appeals court rules against Elliott; 6-game suspension reinstated

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The saga involving the NFL and Ezekiel Elliott had another chapter added Thursday, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the preliminary injunction in the running back’s case, resulting in his six-game suspension being reinstated, according to

The Dallas Cowboys are on their bye week, but league spokesman Joe Lockhart said Elliott’s suspension will take effect immediately, reports Ian Rapoport from NFL Network.

The court heard arguments from both the NFL and NFLPA earlier this month and ruled 2-1 Thursday in favor of the NFL, citing a lack of subject matter jurisdiction on the part of the district court.

Judges Edward C. Prado and Jennifer Walker Elrod released a statement Thursday, clarifying their majority ruling:

“At the time the NFLPA filed the complaint, it was possible the arbitrator could have issued a final decision that was favorable to Elliott. Elliott cannot show it was futile to wait for a final decision simply because he believed the arbitrator would issue an unfavorable ruling. As there was no final decision, Elliott had not yet exhausted the contracted-for remedies.”

According to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, the NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York as well as seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

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