Ezekiel Elliott's Preliminary Injunction Denied, Suspension Back in Place

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Ezekiel Elliott's on again, off again suspension is back on after a ruling Thursday afternoon.

A court has upheld a suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, NFL insiders say.

If the suspension extends beyond this Sunday, (as there is still more legal action pending in the courts) the second-year back would miss three pivotal divisional contests that are scheduled for the next six games.

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

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. They also rejected arguments from Elliott's lawyers that the NFL engaged in fundamentally unfair conduct when it did not ask Tiffany Thompson, Elliott's ex-girlfriend, or NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify at Elliott's league appeal hearing.

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Dallas (5-3), on a three-game winning streak with significant contributions from Elliott, visits defending NFC champion Atlanta (4-4) on Sunday, the Associated Press notes.

About 2:45 p.m., National Football League insiders reported that the appeal had been denied.

A federal appeals court last month tossed out his court challenge in Texas, but the league's request for a NY court to affirm that it had acted properly led to a judge ruling last week that Elliott must begin his suspension.

The difference this week is that Elliott, the NFL's second-leading rusher, was with his teammates.

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