The off-on saga of Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension took another twist on Thursday after a NY appeals court denied the Dallas Cowboys running back's latest request for an injunction. Instead, he'll miss Sunday's game.
Dallas (5-3), on a three-game winning streak with significant contributions from Elliott, visits defending NFC champion Atlanta (4-4) on Sunday, the Associated Press notes.
Elliott and the NFLPA next can appeal to the full appeals court and then to the U.S. Supreme Court, if they choose.
The court's ruling allows the NFL to re-suspend Elliott for six games, per NFL Network's legal analyst Gabe Feldman.
Although Elliott faced no criminal charges from the case, the NFL probe found him to have been in breach of the league's personal conduct policy. The collective bargaining agreement between the National Football League and NFLPA affords commissioner Roger Goodell the power to make decisions on suspensions.
The NFL Players Association has reportedly told ESPN that Elliott will not play "while we argue".
The difference this week is that Elliott, the NFL's second-leading rusher, was with his teammates. In it, the three-judge panel wrote that Elliott's pursuit of an injunction blocking the suspension didn't meet the requisite standard for consideration.