Zeke Elliott loses in appeals court, lawyers contemplate next move

 

A federal appeals court overturned a district court ruling Oct. 12 and reinstated the suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. This suspension will take effect for the next six games.

This suspension has been a year in the making and is the result of accusations of domestic assault by a former girlfriend against the 22-year-old running back.

On Oct. 12 the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction that prohibited the league from imposing the six-game suspension issued to Ezekiel Elliott for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy. NFL.com reported that “The Court also directed the district court to dismiss the union’s lawsuit which was filed on Elliott’s behalf. As a result, Elliott’s suspension will begin effective immediately. Elliott is eligible to return to the team on Friday, Nov. 24 following the Cowboys’ Thursday, Nov. 23 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott walks off the field holding the jersey of Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley after their game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Arlington.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott walks off the field holding the jersey of Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley after their game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Arlington.

Elliott will return to the Cowboys Friday, Nov. 24 following the Cowboys’ Thursday, Nov. 23 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”

In June of 2016, Elliott’s ex-girlfriend claimed she had been abused by him for months saying, “It finally got out of control to where I was picked up and thrown across the room by my arms.”

While the local district attorney found insufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution, the NFL investigated to see if Elliott violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

On Aug. 15, the NFL appealed the suspension to a federal court, allowing him to play in the beginning of the season in September. The Cowboys have played five games since the season began. Now, Elliott will miss the next six.

Elliott is officially suspended, but there’s still a chance he won’t miss a game this season as the case makes its way through the courts. According to NFL.com, “Although the 5th Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL, the majority’s decision centered primarily on the timing of the NFL Players’ Association filing, which came before a decision was made in Elliott’s suspension arbitration hearing. With an amended complaint, there’s a chance the NFLPA and Elliott could win on the merits of their case. Elliott’s lawyer and the NFLPA stated are reviewing their legal options.”

Elliott is in his second season with the Cowboys. His suspension may have an effect on their standing.

The team is currently 2-3 and will face the San Francisco 49ers on Oct 22 without him.