Court denies Ezekiel Elliott injunction; six-game ban for Dallas Cowboys star RB goes into effect immediately
Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott’s motion for a preliminary injunction Monday night and Elliott’s six-game personal conduct suspension has been restored.
Elliott was allowed to play the past two weeks after receiving a temporary restraining order Oct. 17 from Judge Amos Mazzant, who called an NFL arbitrator’s denial of Elliott’s appeal in September “fundamentally unfair.”
But Polk ultimately ruled that Elliott will not suffer irreparable harm by serving the six-game ban, originally handed down in August by the NFL following its 13-month independent investigation into the Cowboys back for domestic violence allegations by then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in July 2016.
The Columbus District Attorney’s office didn’t press charges against Elliott, but the NFL found he violated the league’s personal conduct policy during its investigation, which included photo and phone records as evidence.
Elliott’s suspension begins Sunday when the Cowboys host the Chiefs in Week 9. He’ll then miss games against the Falcons, Eagles, Chargers, Washington and the Giants.
The Cowboys, winners of two straight in which Elliott totaled 373 yards and five touchdowns, are 4-3 and trail the 7-1 Eagles in the NFC East.
Elliott had 690 rushing yards on 164 carries (4.2 YPC) with six touchdowns while being allowed to play during the NFL-NFLPA legal battle that ended Monday night.