Ezekiel Elliott loses in appeals court; clearing way for suspension


Morris' role could expand following the Cowboys' Week 6 bye if fellow running back Ezekiel Elliott is forced to begin serving the six-game suspension he was previously levied by the NFL.

According to appellate lawyer Raffi Melkonian, the NFLPA's lawsuit on Elliott's behalf came prematurely.

Elliott's side will now have to refile an injunction in the NFL's back yard, the Southern District of NY, if they are to continue to fight the suspension stemming from a domestic violence allegation.

The Court of Appeals ruled against the injuction Thursday, overruling the district court's decision. "As there was no final decision, Elliott had not yet exhausted the contracted-for remedies".

Elliott was not present at that hearing. The league has argued that Goodell's decision, based on a report compiled by investigators Kia Roberts and Lisa Friel, met the requirements of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players, which requires only that the commissioner find "credible evidence" in order to suspend a player.

What does this mean for Elliott?

Last month, the National Football League requested an emergency stay of a judge's injunction that allowed Elliott to play indefinitely, saying the court didn't have subject matter jurisdiction to make the decision. He may have to serve his suspension, effective immediately.

"The District Court, therefore, lacked subject matter jurisdiction when it issued the preliminary injunction".

Elliott's camp, however, is likely to file another temporary restraining order in a NY court to once again fight the six-game span that stems from domestic violence allegations made against him in OH past year. The league's headquarters is in Manhattan, not Texas, and other cases, including the fight between the league and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, were heard in that court.