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Ezekiel Elliott suspension reinstated after court ruling

Ezekiel Elliott suspension reinstated after court ruling

The court vacated a stay issued to Elliott by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III that would've allowed Elliott to continue playing as his appeal of the National Football League suspension decision worked its way through the federal courts.

Because the Cowboys do not play this week, the union has more time to file motions before Elliott's suspension might affect his chances of playing in a game.

The NFL, maintaining that it adhered properly to the sport's disciplinary procedures, quickly sought the intervention of the New Orleans-based appeals court.

But the NFL investigated it for 13 months and commissioner Roger Goodell handed Elliott a six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy on August 11.

Elliott could begin to serve the suspension, which was handed down after a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations made against Elliott in July 2016, after the Cowboys' Week 6 bye.

"So the Players Association could ask the district court in NY or perhaps some other court to reinstate the preliminary injunction, which would put that suspension back on hold", Feldman said on NFL Network's TNF First Look.

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The Manhattan court will be charged with making the same decision already made by Mazzant - whether the league's disciplinary process was "fundamentally unfair" to Elliott. Mazzant is the one who issued the decision on the injunction, and it would be unusual for a judge to overturn his own ruling.

The case will essentially start all over again, but will now move from Texas to NY, where Elliott has 10 days to refile his motion to fight the suspension.

It will likely raise questions about the league's standard of credible evidence and whether the commissioner applied it fairly when evaluating Elliott's case.

The NFLPA took its challenge to federal court in Texas.

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


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