The NFL will be appealing the injunction granted to Ezekiel Elliott that allows the Cowboys running back to remain on the football field as his case against the league plays out in court.
It filed a three-page notice on Monday in the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, according to multiple reports.
On Friday, Elliott was granted his motion for a preliminary injunction by federal Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas, blocking his six-game suspension for the time being. Mazzant believed that Elliott “did not receive a fundamentally fair hearing” and was critical of NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson.
Elliott, who played in the Cowboys’19-3 win over the Giants on Sunday night, received a six-game ban on Aug. 11 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy in relation to domestic violence allegations.
The star running back’s ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, had accused him of assaulting her, though he was neither arrested nor charged with a crime. In a statement, the NFL said it determined there was “credible evidence” that on three occasions in 2016, Elliott used “physical force” against Thompson.
Elliott appealed the suspension, but Henderson upheld the ban on Tuesday.
On Sunday night, Elliott rushed for 104 yards during the Dallas victory. The 22-year-old said he was relieved and wouldn’t let a looming suspension “weigh on” on him or wear him down.
“You gotta block it out and focus on being the guy you can be for this team,” Elliott said.