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Federal Judge Says Cowboys' Elliott Can Still Play

Paul Brown Courthouse

A Federal court in Sherman Monday denied the NFL’s motion to stay an emergency injunction that is allowing Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to keep playing while his suspension is on appeal by the league.

In August, the league suspended Elliott for six games over alleged physical confrontations with his girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, over the summer.

The ruling by Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant means Elliott can keep playing as his case heads to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

The league has claimed that the injunction against Elliott interferes with the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the Players Association.  In his decision, Mazzan told the league that testimony by Thompson and by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were  “gross evidentiary errors that so affected the rights of the NFLPA and Elliott, such that they were deprived of a fair hearing.”

Mazzant’s decision is the second win for Elliott and the NFL Players Association.