If a request of a stay is not granted by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant this week, the NFL believes, according to a league source, that it could hear a decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals next week on its coming request for a stay of the preliminary injunction the Dallas court granted that blocked Elliott’s suspension. “This would mean that Elliott, if the league wins, would begin to serve his six-game suspension as of Week Three (when the Cowboys facing the Cardinals on a Monday night), with the ability to continue to challenge the suspension in court”.
According to reports, the National Football League has filed an emergency motion with the USA 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans for a stay of Judge Amos Mazzant’s injunction over Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s case.
The NFL wants the Elliott case stay resolved by September 19 and no later than September 26. Another is that the court declines to issue the stay but does agree to the league’s request for an expedited hearing of its appeal.
It was reported earlier that Elliott was given a preliminary injunction by a Texas judge that kept the Cowboys from serving a levied suspension on him by the NFL. However, things are far from over for the embattled athlete, with the National Football League filing paperwork that, in an attempt to speed the appeal process up on their end, threatens to take the issue to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals if a decision was not solidified by the end of today (September 14th). In other words, the suspension will be enforced next season, even if it prevails in court eventually. The NFL has publicly disputed the characterization of that scenario being the likely outcome, while acknowledging it is possible.
“Accordingly, if this Court is unable to issue a decision by the end of the day tomorrow, Respondents intend to seek a stay of the PI Order from the Fifth Circuit on the morning of Friday, September 15, 2017, as the Rules contemplate”.
Elliott, 22, rushed for 104 yards in the Cowboys’ in their most recent victory over the New York Giants. The league conducted a lengthy investigation and imposed the suspension even though authorities in OH did not charge Elliott with a crime based on domestic violence allegations a year ago.