FRISCO, Texas – The 6-game NFL suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is back on after his emergency injunction request was denied on Thursday by a panel of three federal judges in New York City.
Elliott's suspension is set to begin immediately, which means he is slated to miss this week's game against Atlanta.
He will now miss all but the last two games of the regular season, just as the Cowboys were emerging as a playoff contender.
The first hearing in Elliott's "expedited appeal" before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has been set for Dec. 1, four games into the suspension.
The suspension followed the NFL's yearlong investigation after prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, cited conflicting evidence when declining to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State. The allegations stemmed from incidents in the summer of 2016.
Elliott has been suspended briefly twice as the case has taken twists and turns in courtrooms from Texas to Louisiana to New York. He missed a day at the facility in mid-October, and three more last week.
Elliott is the NFL's second-leading rusher. Over the past month, he has climbed the rushing chart and trails Kansas City's Kareem Hunt by 7 yards.
Elliott has 793 yards and is tied with Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams for the league lead in touchdowns rushing with seven.
With Thursday's ruling, Elliott's legal options appear likely to be near an end.