NEW YORK (105.3 The Fan/AP) – Ezekiel Elliott’s fight with the NFL may have hit a dead end.
A three-judge panel from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has denied Elliott’s motion for an emergency injunction, clearing the way for the NFL to begin imposing its six-game suspension of the Cowboys running back.
Per the ruling: “Upon due consideration, it is hereby ORDERED that the Appellant’s motion for an injunction pending appeal is DENIED because the Appellant has failed to meet the requisite standard. See LaRouche v. Kezer, 20 F.3d 68, 72 (2d Cir. 1994). The temporary stay entered on November 3, 2017, is terminated.”
Elliott has appealed the ruling to the full Second Circuit and the court has set a hearing for December 1.
The ruling means Elliott will finally begin serving his six-game suspension on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons and will miss games against the Philadelphia Eagles, L.A. Chargers and Washington Redskins before the appeal hearing occurs. If Elliott loses the appeal in front of the full Second Circuit Court, then he’ll be forced to sit against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. In that scenario, Elliott will be eligible to return to the field against the Seattle Seahawks on Christmas Eve.
Elliott was accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson. He was never charged in the case and has maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cited Elliott’s violation of the Personal Conduct Policy in his decision to suspend him for six games.
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