Ezekiel Elliott Eligible to Play Until Petition for Rehearing is Resolved

Lynette Rowe
October 16, 2017

The appeals court in New Orleans voted 2-1 in favor of the National Football League, which requested an emergency hearing after a district court in Texas blocked the suspension last month.

Ezekiel Elliott is not going to accept his six-game suspension easily.

A federal judge in Texas issued the injunction blocking the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL players' union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in OH and a subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott, one of the league's standout running backs.

The NFLPA will ask for a full panel rehearing of Ezekiel Elliott's case with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Simply vacating the injunction does not satisfy the need for a ruling on the matter. In response, the NFLPA filed a new motion Friday asking the fifth circuit to recall that order and let it seek further appeals in Texas.

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It was on Wednesday that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an injunction that kept Elliott's suspension from being enacted and allowed the running back to continue to play, and in less than 24 hours the case was ordered back to NY.

Fantasy Impact Until a petition for rehearing is filed and resolved, Elliott will remain eligible to play.

It is possible, and in fact fairly likely, that the court will decide not to hear the en banc hearing.

The NFL ratified its policy, which calls for an automatic six-game suspension for first-time offenders, in December 2014 following high-profile controversies involving Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy. For Week 7, we like him to take 7.8 carries for 30.4 rushing yards and 0.36 touchdowns while tallying 2.9 catches and a total of 9.3 FanDuel points against the San Francisco 49ers.

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