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Ezekiel Elliott suspension restored by federal appeals court

Ezekiel Elliott suspension restored by federal appeals court

The Associated Press is reporting that a federal appeals court has cleared the way for the NFL's six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott in a domestic case.

Elliott had filed his suit after arbitration proceedings had been completed, but before the arbiter actually came down with a decision.

"The NFLPA's lawsuit on Elliott's behalf was premature".

"At the time the NFLPA filed the complaint, it was possible the arbitrator could have issued a final decision that was favorable to Elliott".

If Elliott's legal team can't put the suspension on hold again, it will begin October 22 at San Francisco.

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"The District Court, therefore, lacked subject matter jurisdiction when it issued the preliminary injunction".

On Thursday afternoon, the USA 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the NFL.

The circuit court's ruling does not mean Elliott's fight is over. The NFLPA is expected to file a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, according to sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach.

Elliott was originally suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August after the league concluded he had several physical confrontations last summer with his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. In that scenario, you're thrown back to square one and the only place this could be heard now is in the southern district of NY, which is the court that Zeke and Elliott's people definitely wanted to avoid.

The league has been unwilling to live with that decision. The league won its Deflate-gate case against Tom Brady in that court. Since the National Football League was not granted stay this means Elliott will be able to play for the rest of the season. Elliott and the NFLPA could file to block the suspension again in the same Texas court or in NY.