A federal appeals court on Thursday lifted an injunction blocking a six-game suspension against Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The NFL is now free to reinstate Elliott’s punishment for violating the league’s policy on domestic violence.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL, vacating the preliminary injunction put in place by a district court in Texas and ordering a lower court to dismiss Elliott’s case outright.
The NFL players’ union (NFLPA) is expected to re-file the case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and will seek another temporary restraining order against the suspension in order to keep Elliott on the field, according to NFL.com.
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The Cowboys are off this week, so there is a chance that another injunction or temporary restraining order is put in place by the time Dallas’ Week 7 game against the San Francisco 49ers rolls around on October 22.
On Thursday, 5th Circuit judges Edward C. Prado and Jennifer Walker Elrod ruled that the players’ union filed its lawsuit to vacate Elliott’s suspension before an arbitrator’s decision was finalized.