The ruling is in.
Earlier this week, an arbiter ruled in favor of the NFL and upheld the league’s six-game suspension handed down on Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliott’s attorney’s filed a temporary restraining order against the NFL’s suspension in the hopes that the case would be seen by a separate court.
On Friday afternoon, Elliott was granted that TRO, which means he will be able to play until the appeal process is over.
Albert Breer first reported the news.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order by a Texas district court, per court docs. He can play.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 8, 2017
For context, Tom Brady and the NFL engaged in a similar situation two years ago. Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season, but was granted a TRO.
The investigation, which upheld Brady’s suspension, was completed after the 2015 season, so the
Pats star didn’t serve his four-game suspension until the 2016 season.
With the ruling today, Zeke can continue to play until the investigation concludes. Many believe it could take months before a ruling is made, which means Elliott could play the entirety of the 2017 season.