Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension is back on after a federal appeals court threw out a lower court’s ruling that previously allowed him to play.
The Cowboys happen to be on a bye week — which gives Zeke’s team some time to counterpunch and fight the ruling.
The NFL had initially moved to suspend Zeke after a private investigation found he physically abused his girlfriend on multiple occasions.
Important to note, Elliott was never prosecuted for the incidents — and he maintains his innocence.
But due to the collective bargaining agreement, the NFL believes it doesn’t need a conviction to punish a player.
An NFL spokesman provided the following statement:
“Earlier today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction that prohibited the league from imposing the six-game suspension issued to Ezekiel Elliott for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy. The Court also directed the district court to dismiss the union’s lawsuit which was filed on Elliott’s behalf.”
“As a result, Elliott’s suspension will begin effective immediately. Elliott is eligible to return to the team on Friday, November 24 following the Cowboys’ Thursday, November 23 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”
The court has ruled.