The fifth circuit court of appeals in New Orleans on Thursday lifted an injunction blocking Elliott's six-game suspension, handed down by the league in August for a personal conduct violation. The court ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL, saying the NFLPA acted too quickly in its filing, which occurred before NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson had officially rejected Elliott's appeal.
Further, the court ruled that U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant, who granted Elliott a temporary injunction in Texas last month, lacked jurisdiction in his finding.
The NFL released the following statement following its win in court over the NFLPA.
"Earlier today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction that prohibited the league from imposing the six-game suspension issued to Ezekiel Elliott for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy. The Court also directed the district court to dismiss the union's lawsuit, which was filed on Elliott's behalf. As a result, Elliott's suspension will begin effective immediately. Elliott is eligible to return to the team on Friday, November 24 following the Cowboys' Thursday, November 23 game against the Los Angeles Chargers."