The battle over Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension reached a critical stage on Monday.
The two sides squared off in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The NFL sought a dismissal of an injunction preventing them from enforcing the punishment they doled out to Elliott in August, calling the process a “hopelessly doomed proceeding” and citing case law from 2014 where the same court had dismissed an injunction using that same terminology.
According to Kate Hairopolous of the Dallas Morning News, Judge Edward C. Prado promised that the court would rule as quickly as possible. The NFL is also scheduled to file a response brief by tomorrow.
The league suspended Elliott back in August after a year-long investigation led them to the conclusion that he had physically abused then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in July of 2016. The Columbus City Attorney’s Office elected not to prosecute Elliott based on the evidence available to them in that same incident.
Elliott fought the suspension, first with a league-sanctioned appeal that ultimately upheld the original decision, then by seeking an injunction in a Texas federal court to delay the suspension. That injunction was granted by Judge Amos Mazzant, allowing Elliott to play while hearings on the legality of the discipline play out.
In totality, that court battle could take years. However, the NFL is hoping to expedite the process so that Elliott is forced to serve the suspension during the 2017 season.
If the NFL is awarded its dismissal, Elliott will be forced to begin serving his suspension immediately.
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