The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans lifted an injunction Thursday that blocked a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, clearing the way for a six-game suspension.
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 court also ordered the district court to dismiss a case filed by Elliott's representatives.
It's a significant loss for the Dallas Cowboys running back, who is now subject to having his six-game suspension begin at the discretion of National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.
The hope was that the Fifth Circuit judges will agree where Mazzant did not. However, the star running back is bound to appeal or file a motion for a new injunction, allowing him to play while the suspension is argued in court. Elliott can not show it was futile to wait for a final decision simply because he believed the arbitrator would issue an unfavorable ruling.
Goodell suspended Elliott after a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations made by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.
Despite his case being struck down by the appeals court, Elliott has some legal life left, albeit not what his team was hoping for. Mazzant ruled that Elliott did not receive a fair appeal hearing before Henderson, in large part because Elliott's accuser and Goodell did not testify.
For now, the NFL's initial domestic violence punishment stands - and the league has been cleared to enforce the 6-game suspension.
Elliott, 22, was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.