A federal appeals court ruled in favor of the NFL today, and reinstated Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of NFL in Elliott case, per @RMFifthCircuit. NFLPA/Elliott didn’t “exhaust” CBA procedures
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) October 12, 2017
The Cowboys’ star running back, who was originally suspended before the start of the season following an investigation into domestic violence allegations, had been playing this season after appealing the NFL’s decision.
Appeals court ruled that “The NFLPA’s lawsuit on Elliott’s behalf was premature” and that the NFLPA did not exhaust CBA remedies.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 12, 2017
Elliott’s legal team will now have to decide whether to refile an appeal in New York or to start serving the suspension now.
Bottom line: NFL won this round as 5th Circuit vacated Ezekiel Elliott’s preliminary injunction & Eastern District of Texas has to dismiss case. So, his 6-game suspension is back on and could start after bye. Zeke’s side will now have to refile and process starts over in New York
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) October 12, 2017
So now Elliott and the NFLPA will have to go through the 2nd Circuit, the same federal circuit that heard the Tom Brady case. All signs point to a suspension beginning next week, but there will be more lawyers over the next week and emergency hearings.