Ezekiel Elliott: NFLPA asking for full panel rehearing of case in appeals court

By Alex Butler  |  Oct. 14, 2017 at 7:27 AM
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Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The Ezekiel Elliott saga has reached another chapter as the NFLPA has filed for a rehearing after Elliott's suspension was reinstated.

A source told NFL.com that the NFLPA and Elliott's legal team asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an "immediate recall of its mandate in the case" on Friday. That would be so the team can pursue a rehearing with the court and a full-panel, according to the report.

Elliott's six-game suspension was reinstated on Thursday after a federal court overturned a district court's decision. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals ruled in favor of the NFL by a 2-1 vote.

"Earlier today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction that prohibited the league from imposing the six-game suspension issued to Ezekiel Elliott for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy," the league wrote in a statement, according to NFL.com.

"The Court also directed the district court to dismiss the union's lawsuit which was filed on Elliott's behalf. As a result, Elliott's suspension will begin effective immediately. Elliott is eligible to return to the team on Friday, November 24 following the Cowboys' Thursday, November 23 game against the Los Angeles Chargers."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott after year-long investigation regarding multiple domestic violence violations against the second-year running back. Elliott has never been charged and has denied wrongdoing. The league suspended Elliott for violating its conduct policy.

The Cowboys have a Week 6 bye. Dallas faces the San Francisco 49ers at 4:05 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

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