Elliott cleared to play in National Football League after judge grants order


A panel of federal judges will convene next week to hear Elliott's request for an injunction that overturns Judge Katherine Failla's ruling from Monday.

His status after Sunday will be decided by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, perhaps as early as next week.

Why? As Elliott said on Friday, being labeled an abuser is bigger than football.

It appeared that after much back-and-forth, Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension was set to begin on Sunday. Through seven games this year, he's rushed for 690 yards and six touchdowns.

This is "we need time".

The Elliott suspension has been weaving through the courts since he was ordered in August to serve the ban for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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Elliott has been embroiled in a legal saga with the National Football League after being issued a six-game suspension following a 13-month investigation into a domestic violence allegation in 2016.

Elliott has denied the accusations and was never charged.

The NFLPA also requested the 2nd Circuit expedite its request and issue an administrative stay. He hasn't considered accepting the punishment, he said, because the consequences affect more than his playing career.

The NFL argued roughly 100 players have been suspended for approximately 500 games over the past season and a half, therefore "Elliott's claim of irreparable injury is indistinguishable from those that could be made by 100 other players".

"This is bigger than a suspension", he said, per the Dallas Morning News.

The Cowboys (4-3) are in second place in the NFC East.

The decision means that Elliott is eligible to play Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs.