Appeals court vacates Ezekiel Elliott injunction

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Appeals court rules against Elliott, clears way for suspension

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled to vacate Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's preliminary injunction.

A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month.

Goodell suspended Elliott after a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations made by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.

As of last Friday, there had been no settlement discussions between the NFL and Elliott's representatives, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

If the team had a game tomorrow, Elliott wouldn't be allowed to play.

The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas ruled in September that the National Football League did not give Elliott a fair hearing for his suspension even before arbitrator Harold Henderson's final ruling, thus granting him a preliminary injuction and allowing him to play. Before Henderson reached a decision - but after he heard the appeal - the NFLPA, expecting the worst, filed a lawsuit against the league in a federal court in Texas.

The court ruling came out Thursday afternoon, following arguments in New Orleans on Monday, Oct. 2. In its ruling, the 5th Circuit agreed with league attorneys who argued that Elliott prematurely sued the league September 1.

The Manhattan court will be charged with making the same decision already made by Mazzant - whether the league's disciplinary process was "fundamentally unfair" to Elliott.

What does this mean for Elliott? That issue and a slew of others will now likely be heard by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, the venue in which the league has filed suit to confirm Elliott's suspension. "So this is not over yet, particularly with the bye week, that Elliott will not serve the suspension".

The league won the "Deflategate" decision in the NY court, leading to New England quarterback Tom Brady serving his four-game suspension a year after it was originally imposed.

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