Ezekiel Elliott Can Play, For Now

A judge has denied the NFL’s suspension stay request.

NFL Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Ezekiel Elliott scored another legal win Monday as a U.S. District Court judge ruled against the NFL’s efforts to force the Dallas Cowboys running back to serve a six-game suspension while his domestic violence case is heard, according to Bleacher Report. 

As Judge Amos Mazzant handed down the ruling, CBS Sports points out that he hinted at the league’s hypocrisy for filing an appeal with the Fifth Circuit before he had a chance to do so himself.

“In its Emergency Motion in front of the Court, the NFL is complaining that the Court essentially issued a premature order by failing to wait for the arbitrator to issue his ruling and therefore, lacked subject matter jurisdiction,” Judge Amos Mazzant reportedly wrote in his ruling.”Oddly, the NFL is now seeking expedited relief from the Fifth Circuit without first waiting for the Court to rule on the identical issue. The irony is not lost on the Court.”

Elliott will be able to continue playing until the Fifth Circuit makes a ruling. If it rules in the NFL’s favor, Elliott will have to serve his mandated suspension. If things go Elliott’s way, he could end up on the field for the entire season.

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