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Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott is facing suspension again after federal court ruling

Updated October 12, 2017 05:34 PM EDT

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has vacated the preliminary injunction that blocked a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott, according to our affiliate WSYX in Columbus Ohio.

Elliott was suspended in August by Commissioner Roger Goodell following a yearlong investigation that revealed Elliott had several physical confrontations in 2016 with his then girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

If Elliott's legal team can't put the suspension on hold again, it will begin Oct. 22 at San Francisco.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's attorneys said his six-game suspension for domestic violence was upheld by league-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson.

Although his suspension was upheld, NFL attorney Daniel Nash said Elliott will be eligible to play in Sunday's season opener against the New York Giants because the ruling was too late to enforce this weekend.

"We are extremely disappointed with Mr. Henderson's inability to navigate through league politics, and follow the evidence, and, most importantly, his (sic) conscience," attorneys Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum said in a statement released after the hearing.

The NFL suspended Elliott last month for violating the league's personal conduct policy, even though he wasn't legally charged with or convicted of committing a crime. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, however, has publicly said he believes there's no evidence to prove the domestic violence accusations made against him last year, according to The Washington Post.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant is expected to rule on National Football League Players Association's request for a temporary restraining order, which was filed on Elliott's behalf, by Friday. The restraining order, if approved, would prevent Elliott from serving the suspension, according to the New York Daily News.

At just 22 years old, Elliott burst into the NFL spotlight in 2016, leading the league in total rushing yards.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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