Ezekiel Elliott Eligible to Play Again ... But Suspension Still Looms

Ezekiel Elliott Eligible to Play Again ... But Suspension Still Looms

Ezekiel Elliott Eligible to Play Again ... But Suspension Still Looms

The most likely destination for further legal challenges from players' union attorneys representing Elliott is with the Southern District of NY.

Ezekiel Elliott is not going to accept his six-game suspension easily.

Elliott's suspension was upheld by the court, so he's set to be out for six weeks starting with Week 7. Because of this, the injunction will not be lifted until the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided on this new motion.

Elliot and his legal team countered by informing a NY judge that he plans to file a petition for a rehearing before the full 5th Circuit Court. Simply vacating the injunction does not satisfy the need for a ruling on the matter.

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Mexico strongly opposes such a move, which would damage its own auto industry. Scheduled talks in this session have been extended by two days to Tuesday.

According the 5th Circuit's website, Elliott is filing a petition for a rehearing en banc, which "is to be used only for cases involving questions of exceptional importance or to secure of maintain uniformity of the court's decisions".

A source tells PFT that United States District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant has informed the NFL and NFL Players Association that he will not lift the injunction preventing the NFL from suspending Elliott until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rules on Elliott's petition for rehearing. In response, the NFLPA filed a new motion Friday asking the fifth circuit to recall that order and let it seek further appeals in Texas. Should the court agree to hear the en banc hearing, it could potentially delay the suspension long enough for Elliott to play the full season.

As Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams notes, the Cowboys will now have to rely on a running back by committee with Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden, and Rod Smith in Elliott's absence.

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