Appeals court clears way for NFL's 6-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott


Morris' role could expand following the Cowboys' Week 6 bye if fellow running back Ezekiel Elliott is forced to begin serving the six-game suspension he was previously levied by the NFL.

According to ESPN, the three-judge panel voted to 2-1 to back the NFL's argument against the Dallas Cowboys running back.

On September 9, U.S. District Court judge Amos Mazzant granted the NFL Players Association's preliminary injunction request on the behalf of Elliott. One of Elliott's representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Elliott is expected to now take his case to the Southern District of NY, which is viewed as a more favorable court for the NFL. Before Henderson reached a decision - but after he heard the appeal - the NFLPA, expecting the worst, filed a lawsuit against the league in a federal court in Texas.

The Court of Appeals ruled against the injuction Thursday, overruling the district court's decision.

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Last year's National Football League rushing leader as a rookie, Elliott's legal team filed the lawsuit on his behalf in the Eastern District of Texas before Henderson had rejected the appeal. It's a labor law issue surrounding Goodell's power over player discipline and whether or not he is wielding it in a way that is consistent with the personal conduct policy and the current collective bargaining agreement.

The circuit court's ruling does not mean Elliott's fight is over. That includes whether Henderson and the league acted fairly when they didn't require NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or Elliott's accuser, Tiffany Thompson, to testify at Elliott's appeal hearing. The NFL filed in NY and they thought this would help them win this case having it away from Elliott's home state of Texas.

Elliott's lawyers point to appeals hearing testimony from Roberts that notes her lack of support for a suspension because she questioned Thompson's credibility. The league won its Deflate-gate case against Tom Brady in that court.