Judge Denies Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Stay Request Filed by NFL

Judge Denies Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Stay Request Filed by NFL

Mazzant III, the judge for the Eastern District of Texas, denied the NFL's emergency appeal to try and stay the preliminary injunction won by Elliott that allows him to keep playing for the foreseeable future.

Mazzant's ruling also brings back to the forefront the irreparable harm issue and the NFL's argument that Elliott would not suffer irreparable harm if the suspension went into effect because he would recover any lost money if later court rulings found the suspension should be permanently enjoined.

Mazzant issued his ruling Monday morning in Texas and called out the National Football League for already moving the case to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

The move means the case will now work its way through the court system and Elliott will be on the field until another hearing takes place. The appeal to the 5th Circuit is an attempt to immediately enforce the suspension and confirm NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to issue punishment based on "conduct detrimental" to the league as mandated in Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement. They're asking for an emergency order in the case as early as Tuesday.

The NFL filed a request for an emergency stay with the appeals court Friday, and the union issued a response the next day.

It is of note that Mazzant chided the National Football League in going to the 5 Circuit before he had a chance to make its ruling, which he said he was unable to do so at the requested time of last Thursday because he was involved in a trial. That was the venue for the league's successful appeal after a federal judge had overturned New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the Deflategate case. A process that would help the league as it looks to reinstate Elliott's six-game ban.