ESPNA federal appeals court has lifted an injunction that blocked a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott, clearing the way for the NFL’s punishment over domestic violence allegations and likely leading to the running back’s legal team seeking further relief. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday granted the league’s emergency request to set aside the injunction and ordered the district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott’s case. The three-judge panel voted 2-1 to back the NFL’s argument. A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL players’ union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in Ohio and subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott. The NFL countered that it followed procedures under the league’s labor deal and that the union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process was complete. The Cowboys are on a bye this week, but Elliott would then miss games against the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Falcons, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Los Angeles Chargers. He would be eligible to return in Week 13 against the Redskins.
Will Ezekiel Elliott be suspended or won’t he? Will he? Or won’t he? He will be suspended for the first six games of the season. No wait. He won’t. He will play in the opener against the Giants, but THEN he’s suspended for six games. No wait. He won’t. A judge stepped in. He can play all season long. But he might be suspended to start 2018. No wait. That got overturned by another judge. Now he might get suspended for the six games after the bye.
Honestly, I think it would have been better for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys organization if Ezekiel Elliott just bit the bullet and took his suspension to start the 2017 season, so this issue would just go away. Now “will he” or “won’t he” and “he might play” and “he might be suspended” has turned into a distraction. Now the Cowboys are (2-3) with Ezekiel Elliott, and he might be suspended for six games anyway, which could mean the doom of the 2017 Dallas Cowboys. If Ezekiel Elliott had just accepted his fate she started his suspension at the start of the 2017 season, the Cowboys might still be (2-3), but they foul be telling themselves “okay. Bye week. Then one more game. Then we get Zeke back. THEN we go on a run.” Now, if Ezekiel Elliott is suspended for six games after a (2-3) start, there is little hope for the Cowboys.