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- After a long back-and-forth, it looks like Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension will start on Sunday. If the suspension stands, Elliott won’t be eligible to return until December 17 when the Cowboys face the Oakland Raiders.
After months of appeals and decisions from different courts, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will reportedly begin his six game suspension on Sunday.
On Monday, Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied the NFLPA’s request for a preliminary injunction, staying the decision for 24 hours to allow Elliott and his legal team to consider its options. On Tuesday, the NFLPA filed an appeal in the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals on Elliott’s behalf. It is unclear how long that appeal process will take.
Unless the court decides to take action sooner, Elliott will be out until the Cowboys game against the Oakland Raiders on December 17. According to ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano, this is the most likely outcome at this point, though he cautioned that the “courts are unpredictable in such matters.”
Elliott was initially suspended on August 11 after the NFL’s year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations against the Cowboys running back. Since the decision, Elliott has maintained his innocence and fought to appeal the suspension. While Elliott was granted a preliminary injunction that allowed him to start the season in the Cowboys lineup, this most recent ruling looks to be decisive, at least for now.
Elliott currently sits at third in the league among with 690 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns on the year.