Suspension of Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott to begin immediately after injunction denied

Cowboys star Zeke Elliott's suspension could start this week

As always, things could change, but as of now, Elliott's six-game suspension is back on, starting with Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had his latest legal motion denied by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in NY on Thursday, meaning his six-game National Football League suspension is back in effect. While his legal options aren't exhausted - Thursday's ruling isn't a verdict - Elliott will miss the Cowboys' next six games.

Elliott will be eligible to return to the field against the Seattle Seahawks on Christmas Eve.

According to Pro Football Talk, an appellate court will hear his case on an expedited basis, and Elliott will remain suspended until then.

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.

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

The suspension dates back to a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations from his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson. An immediate appeal by the NFL Players Association to the 2nd Circuit and a request that he be allowed to play Sunday won a one-game reprieve last Friday.

The league was willing to do that in Week 1.

The union immediately appealed Goodell's decision and Elliott has been able to play while the case works its way through the legal system and led to hard feelings between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Goodell.

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