Suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott reinstated after federal appeals court overturns decision

Posted at 5:06 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 19:27:00-04

Dallas Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DALLAS, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have a bye this week. However, when the defending NFC East division champs return to the field, they may do so without star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Thursday, a federal appeals court overturned a district court’s ruling – reinstating Elliott’s six game NFL-imposed suspension for domestic violence.

Elliott was originally suspended six games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell following a lengthy investigation into accusations Elliott abused his former girlfriend. However, a district court judge issued a preliminary injunction last month after agreeing with the NFLPA that Elliott didn’t receive a fair suspension appeal hearing.

Elliott has played in every game this season, rushing for 393 yards and two touchdowns as his Cowboys have lost three of their first five games.

According to, the 5th Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL that the district court did not have subject matter jurisdiction in Elliott case after hearing oral arguments from the league and NFL Players Association lawyers earlier this month. It vacates the preliminary injunction and directs an order to the lower court to dismiss the case.

The Cowboys next six games are: at San Francisco, at Washington, vs. Kansas City, at Atlanta, vs. Philadelphia and vs. L.A. Chargers.