Federal court reinstates Ezekiel Elliott's 6 game suspension

Ezekiel Elliott

On Thursday afternoon, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled in favor of the National Football League in their case against Dallas Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The case will essentially start all over again, but will now move from Texas to NY, where Elliott has 10 days to refile his motion to fight the suspension.

The Cowboys happen to be on a bye week - which gives Zeke's team some time to counterpunch and fight the ruling. They next play October 22 at San Francisco.

The league found he violated the league's conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence violations.

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. Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, did not charge Elliott with a crime.

According to appellate lawyer Raffi Melkonian, the NFLPA's lawsuit on Elliott's behalf came prematurely. 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. That's the same turf where the case of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady crashed and burned in 2016, despite a ferocious effort by players union bulldog litigator Jeffrey Kessler.

Our models project Elliott for 1,067.2 rushing yards, 262.1 receiving yards, and 12.2 total touchdowns the rest of the season; if he is allowed to play the remaining 11 games, of course.

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