Elliott granted second injunction, suspension put on hold (again)

Danny Woods
October 20, 2017

Temporary restraining order puts suspension...

After it appeared that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott would not play on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, it looks like that is no longer the case.

The Dallas Morning News, the New York Times, NFL.com and Sports Illustrated have coverage.

Will Brinson of CBS Sports reported Elliott "should play" in Dallas' game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and Washington on October 29 after the temporary restraining order ruling.

According to the Associated Press, Crotty granted the order pending a hearing before Judge Katherine Polk Failla and ordered the National Football League to appear before her October 30.

The ruling, made by U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty, gives Elliott another legal victory against the NFL. Judge Failla is on vacation.

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The ruling is temporary and will last for up to 14 days. That gives both sides incentive to bargain, but it's hard to imagine anybody finding middle ground where one side doesn't have to admit nearly total defeat.

Failla will weigh in on the preliminary injunction, which will determine if Elliott's six-game suspension will happen during the 2017 campaign or get pushed further back (if he serves it at all).

A three-judge panel on the appeals court ruled by a 2-1 vote last week that Elliott's attorneys filed the Texas lawsuit prematurely because an arbitrator had yet to decide on the running back's appeal through the NFL.

Ellliott, who led the league in rushing yards previous year as a rookie, was initially suspended six games in August for alleged incidents of domestic violence.

Dallas is 2-3, and Elliott has 393 rushing yards and three total touchdowns after leading the league in rushing (1,631 yards) past year.

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