A federal appeals court denied a request by the NFL Players Association to put Ezekiel Elliott's suspension back on hold, a development that potentially clears the way for the NFL to enforce its six-game ban of the standout running back for the Dallas Cowboys.
The ruling was made Thursday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The judges heard oral arguments by the NFL and NFLPA earlier Thursday.
The union was appealing a decision by a federal judge in New York to reject the NFLPA's request for a preliminary injunction on Elliott's behalf.
Elliott and the NFLPA next can appeal to the full appeals court and then to the U.S. Supreme Court, if they choose.
The Cowboys play Sunday at Atlanta. Barring further legal intervention, Elliott would miss that game.
Author Information: Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.