National Football League wins appeal, clears way for Ezekiel Elliott suspension

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The court vacated a stay issued to Elliott by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III that would've allowed Elliott to continue playing as his appeal of the National Football League suspension decision worked its way through the federal courts.

According to ESPN, the three-judge panel voted to 2-1 to back the NFL's argument against the Dallas Cowboys running back.

A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month.

As of last Friday, there had been no settlement discussions between the NFL and Elliott's representatives, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

There have been twists and turns throughout the process of the enforcement of the suspension, and Elliott has thus far been allowed to play, but now that the suspension is reinstated, the legal fight will shift to Manhattan.

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The NFL, maintaining that it adhered properly to the sport's disciplinary procedures, quickly sought the intervention of the New Orleans-based appeals court.

"The NFLPA's lawsuit on Elliott's behalf was premature".

The Court of Appeals ruled against the injuction Thursday, overruling the district court's decision.

What does this mean for Elliott?

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Elliott was not present at that hearing.

Elliott's lawyers point to appeals hearing testimony from Roberts that notes her lack of support for a suspension because she questioned Thompson's credibility.

However, the NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY and seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in order to keep Elliott playing, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program.

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