The ruling came after oral arguments were conducted last week in New Orleans before a three-judge panel of the court.
The United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the National Football League today in the ongoing Ezekiel Elliott case, writing that Elliott's lawsuit contesting his six-game suspension was "premature".
A federal appeals court Thursday lifted an injunction that had blocked the league from punishing Elliott, thereby paving the way for the original six-game suspension to be imposed. The Cowboys are now on a bye week and don't play until Week 7 but as it stands, Elliott can begin serving his suspension as soon as Week 7.
The league concluded after a lengthy investigation that Elliott was guilty of violence in a series of incidents previous year involving his former girlfriend.More news: Huskers can't keep momentum against Badgers
The good news for the Cowboys is that they have a bye this week, which will give Elliott and the NFLPA some extra time to appeal the Fifth Circuit's ruling.
The NFL previously prevailed at the appellate level in cases involving Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady in which the NFLPA challenged disciplinary measures and scored victories at the district court level. Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, did not charge Elliott with a crime.
The NFL countered that it followed procedures under the league's labor deal and that the union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process was complete. Elliott and the NFLPA could file to block the suspension again in the same Texas court or in NY.