Court Reinstates Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension

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Ezekiel Elliott could begin 6-game suspension after appellate court sides with NFL

Morris' role could expand following the Cowboys' Week 6 bye if fellow running back Ezekiel Elliott is forced to begin serving the six-game suspension he was previously levied by the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys are on their bye week and may be without their star running back when they return to play on October 22.

District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III issued the preliminary injunction last month after agreeing with the NFLPA that Elliott didn't receive a fair suspension appeal hearing from Goodell-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson.

Elliott declined to comment on the pending case after Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers.

In the wake of today's ruling, the NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY and could seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction which would allow Elliott to keep playing, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program (H/T NFL).

The court ruling came out Thursday afternoon, following arguments in New Orleans on Monday, Oct. 2.

In the Elliott case, league attorneys wrote to the 5th Circuit that the union's lawsuit had resulted in "hopelessly doomed proceedings" that shouldn't continue.

The circuit court's ruling does not mean Elliott's fight is over.

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.

The 5th Circuit ruled 2-to-1 in favor of the National Football League declaring that the district court "did not have subject matter jurisdiction in the Elliott case". He may have to serve his suspension, effective immediately. The league's headquarters is in Manhattan, not Texas, and other cases, including the fight between the league and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, were heard in that court.

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