Still No Decision; NFL Present Their Case Against Ezekiel Elliott to Court of Appeals

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Attorneys for the National Football League are ready to present their case against Ezekiel Elliott to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Last month, the league filed an expedited appeal of the preliminary injunction blocking Elliott’s six-game suspension. On Monday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans listened to oral arguments from both sides.

Elliott himself did not attend the hearing, but NFLPA lawyer Jeffrey Kessler made arguments on his behalf against the NFL’s attorney, Pratik Shah, in front of a three-judge panel.

Shah and the NFL were seeking an emergency stay of the lower court ruling that allows Elliott to play while the investigation continues. However, the hearing ended without a ruling — and it’s unclear when a decision will be made.

According to Kate Hairopolous of the Dallas Morning News, Judge Edward C. Prado said a ruling would come as soon as possible.

Now we wait and see. If the NFL wins their appeal against Elliott will they allow him to play in the following weeks game? As of right now,’s Tom Pelissero said no decision has been made.

The NFL suspended Elliott, the league’s leading rusher last season, for six games on Aug. 11 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy stemming from domestic violence allegations made by a former girlfriend. However, Elliott was never charged by authorities in the case.

So far, Elliott has played in all four of the Cowboys’ games this season, rushing for 277 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys face off against the Green Bay Packers this coming Sunday and then take their bye week.

Gotham City Esq will update this post when more facts emerge. In the meantime, you can listen to the oral arguments here.


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