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A federal appeals court on Thursday lifted an injunction blocking a six-game suspension against Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The NFL is now free to reinstate Elliott's punishment for violating the league's policy on domestic violence.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL, vacating the preliminary injunction put in place by a district court in Texas and ordering a lower court to dismiss Elliott's case outright.
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The NFL players' union (NFLPA) is expected to re-file the case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and will seek another temporary restraining order against the suspension in order to keep Elliott on the field, according to NFL.com.
The Cowboys are off this week, so there is a chance that another injunction or temporary restraining order is put in place by the time Dallas' Week 7 game against the San Francisco 49ers rolls around on October 22.
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On Thursday, 5th Circuit judges Edward C. Prado and Jennifer Walker Elrod ruled that the players' union filed its lawsuit to vacate Elliott's suspension before an arbitrator's decision was finalized.
'At the time the NFLPA filed the complaint, it was possible the arbitrator could have issued a final decision that was favorable to Elliott,' the ruling read. 'Elliott cannot show it was futile to wait for a final decision simply because he believed the arbitrator would issue an unfavorable ruling. As there was no final decision, Elliott had not yet exhausted the contracted-for remedies.
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'The District Court, therefore, lacked subject matter jurisdiction when it issued the preliminary injunction.'
The NFL suspended Elliott in early August after a year-long investigation concluded he used physical force against ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson prior to his rookie season in the summer of 2016. He appealed, and although arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the league's suspension, Elliott...
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