5th Circuit Court of Appeals Vacates Ezekiel Elliott's Preliminary Injunction, Reinstating NFL Suspension (For Now)

By D.J. Byrnes on October 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm
Ezekiel Elliott Will Be Suspended

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The NFL's attempt to suspend Ezekiel Elliott for six games took another turn Thursday, as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Elliott's preliminary injunction, reinstating the ban. 

According to the Associated Press, the three circuit judge panel in New Orleans voted 2-1 in the NFL's favor.

The NFL said in a statement that it will enforce Elliott's suspension "effective immediately," meaning that Elliott will be eligible to return to the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 24, one day after the team's Thanksgiving game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Elliott is not out of legal maneuvers yet, however. Elliott could attempt to get another injunction in a more favorable circuit court.

From Dallas Morning News reporter Kate Hairopoulos:

Elliott's lawyer, Frank Salzano, said in a statement that he and Elliott will determine "what is the best course of action in the next few days."

The Cowboys are off this week, giving the courts plenty of time to sort things out before the franchise returns to action Oct. 22 against the San Francisco 49ers.

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