Elliott talked to reporters after rushing for 104 yards on 24 carries in the Cowboys' 19-3 win against the New York Giants on Sunday night. It paved the way for Elliott to possibly play the entire season while the courts decided whether or not the National Football League process followed that of what is outlined in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). "The answer is he did not", federal Judge Amos Mazzant ruled. Federal appeals courts typically take months to consider and rule on cases on their docket, though the National Football League could seek an emergency stay that would expedite the process.
The NFL has yet to respond other than issuing a statement disagreeing with the ruling.
Rcently, the Fifth Circuit has only overturned 7.2% of the cases that reach its level. "Unfortunately, this cloud followed Elliott into the arbitration proceedings".
"It's definitely been a tough last 14 months".
Elliott characterized his legal victory Friday as relief.
"Just relieved for the fact that I finally get a fair trial", Elliott told reporters after Sunday's game. "I finally get a chance to prove my innocence".
Should the National Football League win this appeal it means Zeke will have to begin serving the suspension immediately.
Elliott was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell in August after the league concluded he had several physical confrontations last summer with Tiffany Thompson, a former girlfriend. Elliott would still be paid, but would not be allowed to work in that instance. She testified at the appeal that she didn't think Thompson was credible and didn't support any punishment for Elliott. While that will likely take long enough to keep Elliott on the field for the entirety of the season, there is one other means the National Football League can take to enforce the suspension this season. "The court grants the request for preliminary injunction".