Cowboys News: Ezekiel Elliott Still Eligible To Play Despite Court Ruling

The NFL immediately reinstated Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game domestic violence suspension on Thursday after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans court granted the NFL's emergency request to dismiss that injunction that Elliott had been playing under.

However, Elliott's suspension has not started yet - and likely won't start until everything gets resolved in court.

The federal judge in Texas who issued the injunction has said that he will not lift it despite the 5th Circuit Court's ruling, according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, meaning that Elliott is still eligible to play.

A source tells PFT that United States District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant has informed the NFL and NFL Players Association that he will not lift the injunction preventing the NFL from suspending Elliott until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rules on Elliott’s petition for rehearing.

The NFLPA has filed a petition for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel to rehear Elliott's case.

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Dallas is currently on their bye week and won't play again until Oct. 22 against the San Francisco 49ers. Should the suspension hold, Elliott wouldn't return until Nov. 30 in a game against the Washington Redskins.

If he can't play, Dallas has a plan for using both Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden in the backfield.

Elliott has played in the first five games of the season under the injunction, rushing for 393 yards and two touchdowns on 105 carries.

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