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Court Rules in Favor of National Football League in Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

13 October 2017

There's another twist in the legal battle involving the six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, and this one favors the NFL.

Because of this, according to the court, "the procedures provided for in the collective bargaining agreement between the National Football League and NFLPA were not exhausted", and Elliott's suspension should be upheld. The NFL has requested for a stay of the injunction that is allowing Elliott to play.

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Elliott is leading the Cowboys with 393 rushing yards on 105 carries with two touchdowns through the first five games. Dallas next plays October 22 in San Francisco.

Elliott appealed, but his suspension was upheld.

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Elliott would miss games against the 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers if the suspension, which is without pay, stands and is enforced from this point forward.

The Fifth Circuit, which ruled against Elliott in a 2-1 decision, believed that the NFLPA filed its case too soon when they originally took the Elliott case to a Texas court back in September, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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Photo Ezekiel Elliott during the Cowboys' win over the Arizona Cardinals on September 25. Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, did not charge Elliott with a crime. The league's headquarters is in Manhattan, not Texas, and other cases, including the fight between the league and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, were heard in that court.

Court Rules in Favor of National Football League in Ezekiel Elliott Suspension