Elliott will not play Sunday after a second circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied Elliott's motion for an injunction to block his suspension.
Elliott's legal team has been tenacious in their attempt to fight a six-game suspension.
But as long as the NFLPA and Elliott seek that expedited appeal, the winding legal drama will continue.
Though Columbus authorities never filed charges, the NFL leveled the ban on Elliott for violating the league's personal conduct policy. In that case, Elliott would miss the Cowboys' home game against the Eagles on November 19 and would be eligible to return for the season finale, a December 31 game at Philadelphia. Actually, no. The NFL could have allowed Elliott to play either last week or this week because of the timing of the courts' decisions. The NFLPA appealed, and the 2nd Circuit granted a temporary stay for Week 9 that let Elliott take the field on Sunday against the Chiefs. Now Elliott seeks a longer-lasting injunction from a three-judge panel that will hear his case Thursday in NY.
Due to Thursday's verdict, Elliott's suspension will be reinstated by the league immediately, with an official transaction notice from the NFL expected soon.
The difference this week is that Elliott, the NFL's second-leading rusher, was with his teammates.