Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension Has Been Reinstated

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott

The Fifth Circuit, which ruled against Elliott in a 2-1 decision, believed that the NFLPA filed its case too soon when they originally took the Elliott case to a Texas court back in September, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The NFL announced the suspension in August after a yearlong investigation found that on three occasions, Elliott caused physical injury to a girlfriend.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the National Football League, thus reinstating the six game suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

When the union filed its case in defense of Elliott in Texas, the N.F.L. filed a separate motion in the Southern District of NY, where it argued that that court was the appropriate venue for the league and players to settle their disputes.

There have been twists and turns throughout the process of the enforcement of the suspension, and Elliott has thus far been allowed to play, but now that the suspension is reinstated, the legal fight will shift to Manhattan.

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Important to note, Elliott was never prosecuted for the incidents - and he maintains his innocence.

Mazzant ruled that Elliott did not receive a fair appeal hearing before Henderson, in large part because Elliott's accuser and Goodell did not testify.

The NFL previously prevailed at the appellate level in cases involving Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady in which the NFLPA challenged disciplinary measures and scored victories at the district court level.

Elliott, the league's leading rusher last season as a rookie, has totaled 393 rushing yards in five games this season.

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