National Football League appeals injunction that put Ezekiel Elliott's suspension on hold

National Football League appeals injunction that put Ezekiel Elliott's suspension on hold”

The second-year player rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries to help Dallas win a season-opening matchup with the New York Giants 19-3. There is the option for either side to ask for an expedited appeal, although doing that didn't make things move much faster in the case of Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. A notice of appeal was also filed with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

The NFL filed an appeal Monday of the Fifth Circuit Court injunction of Elliott's suspension that permitted Elliott to take the field Sunday night for the Dallas Cowboys.

And there is a strong chance the 22-year-old will be allowed to feature for the Cowboys for the entire season as the case remains in the courts, United States media reported.

Elliott had already been cleared to play in the season opener when U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted a temporary restraining order and injunction blocking the suspension Friday. Elliott was ruled eligible for Week 1 before his suspension was upheld because of the league's standard for competitive advantage.

Elliott, who was never arrested or charged by the police in the incident, has maintained his innocence after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Prosecutors chose not to charge Elliott with any crimes, due to insufficient evidence.

"The NFL's actions demonstrate that from the very beginning of the decision-making process, a cloud of fundamental unfairness followed Elliott", Mazzant wrote in granting Elliott an injunction. In addition, they did not grant Elliott's team the opportunity to interview Goodell himself, and find out why the recommendation from lead investigator Kia Roberts was not included in the more than 160 page decision document.

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