Federal judge Amos Mazzant has issued his ruling on Ezekiel Elliott’s and the NFLPA’s request for a preliminary injunction against the NFL. The judge ruled in favor of Elliott which means the NFL’s suspension will not take effect and Elliott will be able to play. According to a couple of reports he might be able to play all 16 games this season.
BREAKING: Ezekiel Elliott wins injunction from Texas court. NFL barred from imposing suspension for duration of lawsuit (likely all season).— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) September 8, 2017
Judge grants Ezekiel Elliott his temporary restraining order, appears he will be eligible to play all 16 games this season— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 8, 2017
Elliott and the NFLPA argued their case if front of Judge Mazzant on Tuesday in East Texas District Court. They are seeking relief from “irreparable harm” if Elliott has to sit out games while the NFLPA laswsuit makes it way through the court system. This is very similar to what happened in the Deflategate case involving Tom Brady. Brady won the injunction and was allowed to play until the lawsuit was eventually heard, but he lost the overall case and eventually had to serve his suspension.
We’ll have to see if the NFL makes a counter-move.
Judge: Elliott was denied a fundamentally fair hearing by Henderson’s— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) September 8, 2017
refusal to allow Thompson and Goodell to testify at the arbitration
Judge: Their absence deprived Elliott of chance to have a fundamentally fair hearing. Court grants request for preliminary injunction— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) September 8, 2017