Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's motion for an emergency injunction was denied by the Second Circuit Court on Thursday, essentially eliminating his best remaining chance at avoiding serving this season his full six-game personal conduct suspension, which now begins Sunday when the Cowboys visit Atlanta.
The Second Circuit Court determined Elliott, who was originally suspended by the NFL in August for allegedly committing multiple acts of domestic violence toward then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, didn't meet the standard for intervening in labor disputes. NFL Media's Tom Pelissero, quoting NFL attorney Paul Clement, tweeted that it's "one of the most daunting standards known to law."
Elliott, who started the first eight games for the Cowboys (5-3) while the litigation battle between the NFL and NFLPA bounced from court to court, is set to miss the next games — at Atlanta, vs. the Eagles, at Los Angeles Chargers, vs. Washington, at the Giants and at the Raiders.
The Court did order an expedited appeal, which will be scheduled as soon as possible, but the NFL's second-leading rusher will miss Sunday and is nearly out of chances to further postpone his suspension a fourth time after his case was denied on Thursday.