Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott cleared to play Sunday, New York judge rules

Judge Paul Crotty temporarily blocks 6 game suspension


MANHATTAN – A Manhattan judge has cleared the way for Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott to continue playing.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty granted the NFL player union's request to temporarily block Elliott's suspension for domestic violence.

Crotty said he wanted to review Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady's case before making the decision on Tuesday.

The temporary restraining order issued by Crotty on Tuesday is good for only two weeks. After two weeks, a judge will have to decide on issuing a preliminary injunction keeping Elliott eligible, ESPN's Adam Schefter explained.

The ruling comes after a federal appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a six-game suspension for Elliott, reinstating the NFL's punishment over domestic violence allegations.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday granted the league's emergency request to set aside the injunction and ordered the district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott's case. 

The three-judge panel voted 2-1 to back the NFL's argument.

A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL players' union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in Ohio and subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott.

The NFL countered that it followed procedures under the league's labor deal and that the union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process was complete.