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Court clears way for 6-game suspension of Cowboys' Elliott

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Ezekiel Elliott faces a six-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy

On Thursday afternoon, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled in favor of the National Football League in their case against Dallas Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's future is in the hands of the 5th Circuit Court. In Brady's case, his four-game suspension for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal was enforced at the outset of last season after he played the entire 2015 season based on a ruling by a federal judge.

As of last Friday, there had been no settlement discussions between the NFL and Elliott's representatives, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The NFL players' union sued on Elliott's behalf.

Elliott has been able to play while his suspension was being evaluated in court, but it was announced Thursday that his appeal was denied, leaving his availability for Week 7 and beyond in question.

In the Elliott case, league attorneys wrote to the 5th Circuit that the union's lawsuit had resulted in "hopelessly doomed proceedings" that shouldn't continue. 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.

What does this mean for Elliott?

Elliott was originally suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August after the league concluded he had several physical confrontations last summer with his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. He may have to serve his suspension, effective immediately. That issue and a slew of others will now likely be heard by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, the venue in which the league has filed suit to confirm Elliott's suspension.

The league won the "Deflategate" decision in the NY court, leading to New England quarterback Tom Brady serving his four-game suspension a year after it was originally imposed.

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