Ezekiel Elliott May Still Be Eligible To Play

Jonathan Hernandez
Октября 16, 2017

That's because a Texas judge is waiting to lift the injunction that was allowing Elliott to play, sources tell CBS Sports Radio Legal Analyst Amy Dash.

However, Elliott's suspension has not started yet - and likely won't start until everything gets resolved in court. Now, the National Football League has released a statement making it clear that Elliott IS still suspended, contrary to the news that broke last night.

The Circuit Court agreed and said in its majority decision that the NFLPA filed its lawsuit to have Elliott's suspension dissolved before an arbitrator could make his decision. For example, Elliott could file a petition for a rehearing, either by the three-judge panel that issued Thursday's ruling or the full collection of Fifth Circuit judges. Simply vacating the injunction does not satisfy the need for a ruling on the matter.

It is nowhere near a sure thing that Elliott's latest petition will be granted, as en banc rehearings are kind of like the Hail Mary of legal petitions - and not just in the 5th Circuit, which, according to NFL.com, granted just six en banc rehearings out of 200 petitions in 2016.

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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.

Elliott has 393 rushing yards in four games for the Cowboys this season. With the new developments, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the NFLPA appears ready to exhaust all options to keep Elliott on the field.

Should the court decide to hear the en banc hearing - and the judges ruled 2-1 against Elliott, so there is some dissension - it could be months before anything actually happens and Elliott could theoretically play out the season.

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