Court denies Ezekiel Elliott appeal, suspension upheld

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Ezekiell Elliott suspension is back on.

Last week, the court granted the running back an administrative stay that allows him to play and practice until the court rules on the appeal. However, because the appeal process has continued to take turn after turn, Elliott has been able to play in each of the Cowboys eight regular-season games thus far into the 2017-18 regular season.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension is back on after a hearing in NY on Thursday saw the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deny his request for an emergency injunction. While his legal options aren't exhausted - Thursday's ruling isn't a verdict - Elliott will miss the Cowboys' next six games.

If Elliott chooses, he can continue fighting the league in court, but the best he can hope for now is regaining the $560,000 in salary he'll miss out on over the next month and a half.

The NFL handed down Elliott's suspension August 11 after a yearlong investigation into accusations of domestic violence in Ohio. As it stands now, Zeke would not be eligible to return to the field for the Cowboys until their December 24th matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

An NFL Players Association source told ESPN.com that Elliott will not play "while we argue".

The league was willing to do that in Week 1.

Though Columbus authorities never filed charges, the NFL leveled the ban on Elliott for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

The difference this week is that Elliott, the NFL's second-leading rusher, was with his teammates. Elliott was initially granted a preliminary injunction in court, but it was rescinded when a different judge heard the case.

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