Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott denied injunction to block 6-game suspension

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The Cowboys running back's appeal will be heard on an expedited basis, but the suspension is on in the meantime. His 0.07 Rushing Net Expected Points per play this season rank 3rd out of the 21 running backs with at least 100 carries. If his six-game suspension is upheld, beginning with Sunday's game against the Falcons, then he would be eligible to return the field on December 24 when the Cowboys, now 5-3, face the Seahawks at home.

A three-judge panel in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied his motion for a preliminary injunction. After the investigation wrapped in August, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott, saying he violated the league's conduct policy.

So, Elliott will nearly certainly miss that contest and many experts expect he'll serve the six-game suspension in full after this ruling.

If the suspension sticks, Elliott will next be eligible to play against the Seattle Seahawks on December 24.

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. The NFLPA appealed, and the 2nd Circuit granted a temporary stay for Week 9 that let Elliott take the field on Sunday against the Chiefs. The league concluded the Cowboys' second-year Pro Bowler physically harmed former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in July 2016, the summer before he began his rookie season.

The union was appealing a decision by a federal judge in NY to reject the NFLPA's request for a preliminary injunction on Elliott's behalf.