Federal court reinstates Ezekiel Elliott's 6 game suspension

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the National Football League to suspend Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott six for a domestic violence case in Ohio.

According to the letter Elliott received informing him of the suspension, the National Football League believed he used "physical force" three times over five days in a Columbus, Ohio, apartment last July resulting in injuries to Thompson's face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, hips and knees. The Cowboys, who have a record of 2-3, are on their bye week. Dallas next plays October 22 in San Francisco.

Elliott would miss games against the 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers if the suspension, which is without pay, stands and is enforced from this point forward. If it imposed immediately, he would be eligible to return for Dallas's November 30 game against the rival Redskins.

A three-judge panel heard arguments on the case on October 2.

Goodell suspended Elliott after a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations made by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, did not charge Elliott with a crime.

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The NFL appeal was part of an attempt by the NFL to enforce Elliott's suspension this season and confirm NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to issue punishment based on "conduct detrimental" to the league as mandated in Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement.

The NFLPA took its challenge to federal court in Texas.

Elliott was not present at that hearing.

As a result, both Elliott and the NFLPA may now need to file for another injunction in Southern District of NY in order for the second-year running back to continue playing. That's the same turf where the case of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady crashed and burned in 2016, despite a ferocious effort by players union bulldog litigator Jeffrey Kessler.

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