The 5th Circuit Court has denied the NFLPA’s motion to vacate the mandate that struck down the temporary injunction that was allowing Ezekiel Elliott to keep playing. For a quick explanation, Elliott and the NFLPA had won a preliminary injunction from a Texas court that kept the NFL from suspending Elliott until his case could be heard in court. That has allowed the Cowboys running back to play this season. The NFL asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate that ruling, and last week they won that ruling, 2-1, as the appeals court immediately put in place a mandate voiding the injunction and sending the case back to the Texas court for dismissal. The NFLPA asked for an en banc rehearing from the 5th Circuit on that decision, and also asked for them to vacate the mandate, effectively allowing Elliott to play until the rehearing. Elliott and the NFLPA can still ask for an en banc rehearing, but the court will not strike down the mandate, meaning Elliott is still suspended.
Bottom line: preliminarily injunction definitely vacated unless CA5 grants rehearing. But it was already vacated. https://t.co/qFgwa2pus6— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) October 17, 2017
For Elliott to play on Sunday or anytime in the near future, he and the NFLPA have to hope their motion to halt the suspension in the New York court, which is being heard this afternoon, is successful.