The stay of the temporary injunction previously given to Ezekiel Elliott was granted Thursday, meaning the Dallas Cowboys running back will have to serve his suspension while the case is ruled upon. The Cowboys, who have a record of 2-3, are on their bye week.
A federal appeals court made a ruling today. essentially throwing out a lower court's ruling that allowed Zeke to play. They next play October 22 at San Francisco.
Elliott would miss games against the 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers if the suspension, which is without pay, stands and is enforced from this point forward.
The Cowboys declined to comment "at this time" through a spokesman.
Last month, the National Football League requested an emergency stay of a judge's injunction that allowed Elliott to play indefinitely, saying the court didn't have subject matter jurisdiction to make the decision.
A three-judge panel heard arguments on the case on October 2.
The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations last summer with his girlfriend at the time. "We will review the decision in greater detail and discuss next steps with counsel, both in the district court and federal court of appeals". U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant granted the NFLPA's request for a preliminary injunction. In a letter sent to Elliott informing him of suspension in August, the National Football League stated it believed he used physical force against Thompson three times over a span of five days in July 2016.
The NFL, maintaining that it adhered properly to the sport's disciplinary procedures, quickly sought the intervention of the New Orleans-based appeals court. The league's headquarters is in Manhattan, not Texas, and other cases, including the fight between the league and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, were heard in that court.
Elliott has played in every game this season, rushing for 393 yards and two touchdowns.