The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday will hear Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's latest legal fight requesting an injunction to overturn his six-game suspension.
Elliott received an administrative stay from the New York federal court last Friday, reinstating his eligibility for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He led the Cowboys in rushing with 93 yards on 27 carries and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the 28-17 win after getting another reprieve.
"It was a little rushed -- I'm not going to lie," Elliott, who has rushed for 783 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games this season, said after the game.
"I had no idea when I came in on Friday that I was going to have the chance to come in. I really didn't know I was playing this weekend. So I came in Friday and practiced and spent all day Friday watching a lot of film. Saturday, I was just trying to catch up to the team and catch up for what I lost."
If the judges were to make a decision by Friday in which Elliott did not gain a preliminary injunction, then the suspension would start immediately and he would not play this week against the Atlanta Falcons.
Without the injunction or further litigation, Elliott would be out until Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 24.
A panel of federal judges will hear Elliott's request for an injunction that overturns Judge Katherine Polk Failla's ruling from last week.
The NFL Players Association argued recently in its appeal that Elliott will sustain irreparable harm without an injunction, saying that "courts have consistently concluded that professional athletes suffer irreparable harm when threatened with a potentially wrongful suspension."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott for six games on Aug. 11 after a 13-month investigation concluded he was in violation of the league's personal-conduct policy for the incident in the summer of 2016. Elliott, who was not arrested or charged in the case, maintains his innocence after being accused of assaulting his former girlfriend in Columbus, Ohio.