Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game suspension put on hold by U.S. District Court judge
Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott granted a preliminary injunction on Friday; likely to play entire season as six game suspension is put on hold.
The NFL Players Association requested a preliminary injunction. They received the request, and a temporary restraining order that had been requested was also granted by a U.S. District Court judge on Friday. The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t be happier as their running Jack’s chances of being able to play every game of the season greatly improved after being previously suspended for the first six games.
Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys’ running back drafted fourth overall in 2016, had his 6-game suspension put on hold as U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction in favor of Elliott early Friday.
“The question before the court is merely whether Elliott received a fundamentally fair hearing before the arbitration,” Mazzant wrote. “The answer is he did not.”
The NFL did not agree with the judge’s decision. Next on the league’s agenda could be the filing of a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. “This is a very strong indication that the court would rule in favor of Elliott on the merits,” Gabe Feldman, director of Tulane Sports Law Program, said on the NFL Network’s Up To The Minute Live on Friday. “It could be that the suspension is reinstated somewhere down the line, but it looks like, for now, that Elliott will play most if not all of this season.” Feldman also expressed his belief that the NFL will appeal Friday’s decision.
Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns on 322 attempts during his rookie year for the Cowboys, was already being allowed to play in Dallas’s season opener versus the New York Giants before Judge Mazzant’s ruling on Friday. There is no time frame for Mazzant to make a decision regarding the petition moving forward to trial.