A three-judge panel from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in NY has denied Ezekiel Elliott's motion for an emergency injunction, clearing the way for the National Football League to begin imposing its six-game suspension of the Cowboys running back.
In a one-page order issued less than an hour after Elliott's emergency stay hearing, a three-judge 2nd Circuit panel found that Elliott's claims did not meet the standard necessary for a stay pending appeal. After the investigation wrapped in August, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott, saying he violated the league's conduct policy. Dallas won't see the return of Elliott in the backfield until Christmas Eve when America's Team takes on Russell Wilson's Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The court says the appeal will be heard on an expedited appeal. That means Elliott's suspension is active and barring any last minute legal wrangling, he will not play on Sunday in Atlanta.
With Elliott playing at a high level once again this season, the loss of the Pro Bowler is a devastating blow for the Cowboys as they try to make their way back into the playoffs. Elliott's six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence incidents is back in place as of now. He led the league with 1,631 last season as a rookie.
A federal appeals court last month tossed out his court challenge in Texas, but the league's request for a NY court to affirm that it had acted properly led to a judge ruling last week that Elliott must begin his suspension.