Federal court reinstates Ezekiel Elliott's 6 game suspension

Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott stands on the sideline in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday Aug. 19 2017 in Arlington Texas

As of now, Elliott's suspension is scheduled to start in Week 7, after the Cowboys' bye week.

Thursday, a federal appeals court overturned a district court's ruling - essentially reinstating Elliott's six game NFL-imposed suspension for domestic violence.

When the union filed its case in defense of Elliott in Texas, the N.F.L. filed a separate motion in the Southern District of NY, where it argued that that court was the appropriate venue for the league and players to settle their disputes. However, the star running back is bound to appeal or file a motion for a new injunction, allowing him to play while the suspension is argued in court.

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Although Elliott is not yet suspended again - technically speaking - such a decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals certainly clears the way for the Cowboys rusher to be forced back to the sideline.

The hope was that the Fifth Circuit judges will agree where Mazzant did not.

The NFL also issued a statement after the September ruling, per Brian McCarthy of the league's PR office: "We strongly believe that the investigation and evidence supported the Commissioner's decision and that the process was meticulous and fair throughout".

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The league concluded after a lengthy investigation that Elliott was guilty of violence in a series of incidents past year involving his former girlfriend. Since the National Football League was not granted stay this means Elliott will be able to play for the rest of the season.

Elliott was not present at that hearing.

But the NFL investigated it for 13 months and commissioner Roger Goodell handed Elliott a six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy on August 11.

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Elliott, 22, was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.

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