Ezekiel Elliott ruling: Fallout for Elliott, Cowboys, NFL players


NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott’s seemingly endless string of legal timeouts ran out Thursday, when a three-judge panel with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals swiftly denied his request for another injunction, allowing the NFL to enforce his six-game suspension immediately.

Elliott’s remaining options for getting the suspension put on hold a fourth time are considered long shots. So, as he prepares for the likelihood he’ll sit beginning with Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons — and most likely beyond, with a hearing in his broader appeal not scheduled until Dec. 1 — there is fallout on several fronts.

What it means for the Dallas Cowboys

They’re 5-3, 2.5 games back of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, and just lost the focal point of their offense for what’s likely to be an extended period. I was getting texts within minutes of the decision from people with other NFL teams, hoping this means they won’t see Elliott later this season. (Perhaps the most entertaining point in Thursday’s hearing came when Judge Christopher Droney went back and forth with NFL attorney Paul Clement about whether it’s better or worse for Dallas to lose Elliott now, as opposed to earlier

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