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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals lifts injunction on Ezekiel Elliott's 6 game suspension

On Thursday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court's decision in the Ezekiel Elliott, reinstating the Dallas Cowboys running back's six-game suspension.

"Earlier today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction that prohibited the league from imposing the six-game suspension issued to Ezekiel Elliott for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy," the league wrote in a statement. "The Court also directed the district court to dismiss the union's lawsuit which was filed on Elliott's behalf. As a result, Elliott’s suspension will begin effective immediately. Elliott is eligible to return to the team on Friday, November 24 following the Cowboys' Thursday, November 23 game against the Los Angeles Chargers."

In it's majority decision, judges Edward C. Prado and Jennifer Walker Elrod ruled that the NFLPA filed its lawsuit to have Elliott's suspension dissolved before an arbitration decision was made on the decision.

"At the time the NFLPA filed the complaint, it was possible the arbitrator could have issued a final decision that was favorable to Elliott. Elliott cannot show it was futile to wait for a final decision simply because he believed the arbitrator would issue an unfavorable ruling. As there was no final decision, Elliott had not yet exhausted the contracted-for remedies.

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

Elliott's lawyer, Frank Salzano, released the following statement regarding Thursday's ruling:

"We are currently exploring all of our legal options and will make a decision as to what is the best course of action in the next few days. Until that time we have no further comment on the 5th circuit's decision."

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