Ezekiel Elliott's injunction denied; six-game suspension reinstated

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However, because the appeal process has continued to take turn after turn, Elliott has been able to play in each of the Cowboys eight regular-season games thus far into the 2017-18 regular season.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott skipped his weekly media session and Thursday practice to attend his latest suspension appeal hearing. Instead, he'll miss Sunday's game.

But as long as the NFLPA and Elliott seek that expedited appeal, the winding legal drama will continue.

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. In that case, Elliott would miss the Cowboys' home game against the Eagles on November 19 and would be eligible to return for the season finale, a December 31 game at Philadelphia.

The NFL handed down Elliott's suspension August 11 after a yearlong investigation into accusations of domestic violence in Ohio.

Elliott's injunction request was denied therefore his suspension begins immediately. Although both players are formidable backups that have been Pro Bowl-caliber backs for other teams in the past, there's no replacing Elliott who may be the best player in the National Football League at his position.

The NFLPA has argued a suspension would irreparably harm Elliott's career.

The ruling was made Thursday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Elliott, a Pro Bowler as a rookie last season, ranks second in the National Football League with 783 rushing yards.

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