Judge refuses to lift Ezekiel Elliott injunction

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That meant the temporary restraining order (TRO) Elliott had in Texas allowing him to forgo the NFL's suspension was at that point halted.

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued a mandate to end an injunction that had allowed the Dallas Cowboys star to continue playing while he appealed his case, which stemmed from domestic violence allegations.

Elliott's six game suspension resumed immediately.

In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans granted the league's emergency request to set aside an injunction and ordered a district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott's case.

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However, less than 24 hours after vacating the injunction, the Fifth Circuit mandated the case back to NY.

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. 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.

As Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams notes, the Cowboys will now have to rely on a running back by committee with Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden, and Rod Smith in Elliott's absence. If Elliott's legal team can't put the suspension on hold again, he would miss the 49ers game, plus games against the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers.

"At the time the NFLPA filed the complaint, it was possible the arbitrator could have issued a final decision that was favorable to Elliott", the three-judge panel wrote.

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