Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension was reinstated Monday after a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of New York denied the NFL Players Association's request for a preliminary injunction that would block his suspension.
The enforcement of the decision, which cited the NFL's case against Tom Brady as precedent, was put on hold for 24 hours to allow Elliott's legal team and the NFLPA to consider their options in terms of an appeal. Elliott's options are shrinking, but the NFLPA could still file an appeal with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and hope that Elliott is granted a stay until that appeal would be heard.
It's the latest in a series of legal victories for the NFL, but Elliott has played in every Cowboys' game this season as he has been permitted to play during the lengthy appeals process.
Elliott was initially suspended in August for a domestic violence incident that took place over the course of five days in July 2016. Elliott, who was not charged by law enforcement, has appealed the decision on the grounds that the suspension process was unfair to him. In particular, Elliott's legal team took issue with the fact that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell esentially ignored NFL investigator Kia Roberts' suggestion that Elliott not be suspended, even though Roberts was the only person to talk to the victim of the incident.
Elliott's legal team had been granted two temporary restraining orders—one in Texas and one in New York—before this latest defeat made it less likely that the 2016 rushing champion remain on the field.
Had this decision gone in favor of Elliott, he would have been able to play the rest of the season as the federal case played out in the background.