Federal court reinstates Ezekiel Elliott's 6 game suspension

Ross Houston
October 13, 2017

The Federal appeals court has cleared the way for the NFL's six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's.

In it's majority decision, 5th Circuit judges Edward C. Prado and Jennifer Walker Elrod ruled that the NFLPA filed its lawsuit to have Elliott's suspension dissolved before an arbitration decision was made on the decision.

Ezekiel Elliott, the focus of the Redskins defense, remains in the legal system's crosshairs as well.

The court ruling came out Thursday afternoon, following arguments in New Orleans on Monday, Oct. 2. "As there was no final decision, Elliott had not yet exhausted the contracted-for remedies".

A federal judge in Texas blocked the suspension last month. Because the opinion dismissed Elliott's case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the fight over his underlying claims remain undecided.

What does this mean for Elliott? League-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson rejected the NFL Players Association's appeal on Elliott's behalf and upheld the suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under the sport's personal conduct policy.

The Manhattan court will be charged with making the same decision already made by Mazzant - whether the league's disciplinary process was "fundamentally unfair" to Elliott.

However, the NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY and seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in order to keep Elliott playing, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program.

The league has been unwilling to live with that decision. Since the National Football League was not granted stay this means Elliott will be able to play for the rest of the season. The league won its Deflate-gate case against Tom Brady in that court.

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