Judge denies National Football League motion, Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott to continue to play

Ruben Hill
September 18, 2017

Mazzant III, the judge for the Eastern District of Texas, denied the NFL's emergency appeal to try and stay the preliminary injunction won by Elliott that allows him to keep playing for the foreseeable future.

"In its Emergency Motion in front of the Court, the National Football League is complaining that the Court essentially issued a premature order by failing to wait for the arbitrator to issue his ruling and therefore, lacked subject matter jurisdiction", Mazzant wrote in his 12-page opinion.

The case now heads to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, where the National Football League has already filed an appeal to force Elliott to serve his suspension while the case is heard. If the court sides with the National Football League, then Elliott's suspension could start soon after the decision is rendered.

After the interception, which set up Anderson's 22-yard touchdown run that made it 35-10, some claimed Ezekiel Elliott "gave up" and didn't chase down Harris for the tackle.

Sports attorney Daniel Wallach reported the news.

One thing Elliott also seems to have on his side is Mazzant. The NFL anticipated the judge would stick with his original decision, hence the filing in the 5th Circuit.

However, Mazzant's ruling will send this case to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in NY.

It will now be interesting to see if the NFL's request for an expedited hearing in the court of appeals will be granted. "The irony is not lost on the Court".

A scenario exists Elliott could serve his suspension this season, only to be vindicated by a higher-court ruling down the line and thus recoup money from games missed.

In other words, the NFL's hail Mary attempt to get Elliott's suspension reinstated has failed in court, at least for now, with more appeals coming.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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