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Ezekiel Elliott Eligible to Play Until Petition for Rehearing is Resolved

16 October 2017

A source tells PFT that United States District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant has informed the NFL and NFL Players Association that he will not lift the injunction preventing the NFL from suspending Elliott until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rules on Elliott's petition for rehearing.

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Despite a recent National Football League ruling that stated that Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension was set to begin immediately, it will be put on hold yet again following a Texas judge's decision to wait to lift the injunction that allowed Elliott to play in the first place despite the initial suspension.

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"We are now exploring all of our legal options and will make a decision as to what is the best course of action in the next few days, " Elliott's attorney Frank Salzano said Thursday.

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The Cowboys don't play again until next Sunday, Oct. 22, at San Francisco. The order from the district court is administrative and does not in any way change the appeals court's order vacating the preliminary injunction. It means he could potentially play as the the legal process plays out. For example, Elliott could file a petition for a rehearing, either by the three-judge panel that issued Thursday's ruling or the full collection of Fifth Circuit judges. Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence. In response, the NFLPA filed a new motion Friday asking the fifth circuit to recall that order and let it seek further appeals in Texas. The 5th Circuit agreed with the NFL's claim that the filing was premature. "That decision had not yet been issued".

Ezekiel Elliott Eligible to Play Until Petition for Rehearing is Resolved