[UPDATE]: Ezekiel Elliott has been officially suspended, effective immediately, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. That ban will last until Nov. 24, a day after the Cowboys play the Chargers.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 12, 2017
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has officially vacated the initial injunction filed by Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. As a result, both Elliott and the NFLPA will now need to file for another injunction in the Southern District of New York in order for the second-year running back to continue playing.
Because the Cowboys have the team’s bye week as a result of the Week 6 slate, Elliott and his representation will have just over a week to make the next move. It is worth noting, however, that as it stands at this very moment, his six-game suspension has been immediately reinstated.
Elliott was originally suspended for six games by the NFL due to a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. Following what became a tumultuous offseason for the former Ohio State Buckeyes standout, he has yet to serve a single game of that suspension thanks to the aforementioned injunction from the 5th Circuit.
Here is the money shot on the Zeke appeal – the suit was premature. The NFL wins this round. pic.twitter.com/eDoRRVcxnF
— Raffi Melkonian (@RMFifthCircuit) October 12, 2017
5th circuit court judge James E. Graves Jr. held the dissenting opinion: pic.twitter.com/WhmZVSnXeo
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 12, 2017
Because Elliott has yet to serve his six-game suspension, the 22-year-old tailback has already appeared in five regular-season games for the Cowboys thus far into the 2017-18 campaign. During that same span, he has rushed for 393 yards and two touchdowns while receiving 105 carries in all. As a pass catcher, Elliott has registered 17 receptions for 134 more yards and another score. As a rookie last season, the up-and-comer rushed for a league-leading 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns on 322 carries while appearing in 15 regular-season games for the playoff-bound Cowboys.