Federal appeals panel hears arguments in Zeke case


- The injunction could be vacated based upon the merits of the NFL's case against Elliott.

The Cowboys' backup running back came into the game to give Ezekiel Elliott a breather and immediately ripped off a 70-yard run to the Rams' 5.

Elliott's attorneys also argued that the National Football League violated the labor deal by withholding key information from Goodell and Elliott's representatives. In addition, Goodell and Elliott's accuser, ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, were not required to testify at Elliott's appeal hearing.

ESPN.com reported the news, noting the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard the arguments from both the NFL and the league's Players' Association.

Elliott led the National Football League with 1,631 yards rushing as a rookie.

"At the time the petition was filed, the rulings of the arbitrator that were challenged under the fundamental fairness doctrine were definitive, final, and binding, all procedures and remedies had been exhausted, and there was nothing left for the NFLPA to do except brace for the imminent award", Elliott's attorneys wrote. The league prefers the case be heard in NY because of the ultimately favorable ruling it received from the 2nd Circuit during its lawsuit attempting to force Tom Brady's suspension during the Deflategate case.

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Elliott has been allowed to play because of his lawsuit.

"When the circumstances are such that, in effect, the tractor trailer is coming at your house, you don't have to wait to be run over", Kessler said. "If you allow. discipline to be rolled over a season or longer, then that undermines the NFL's significant interest in disciplining its players when they commit offenses like domestic violence", Shah said.

Judge Elrod in particular pushed the NFLPA on the issue of jurisdiction. Elliott has denied the allegations under oath.

The NFL argues that Elliott and NFLPA are trying to manipulate the system by using the courts to prevent players from serving their suspensions. The court also could uphold the injunction that likely would allow Elliott to play for the rest of 2017.

Until the court decides that District Court Judge Amos Mazzant had the right to hear Elliott's appeal or whether to dismiss lawsuit altogether, the running back will be eligible to play. Prado did say it would come as soon as possible, according to Kate Hairopolous of the Dallas Morning News.