The Ezekiel Elliott case returns to court Monday, with attorneys for the NFL and the NFL Players Association scheduled to present oral arguments to a federal appeals court on the league’s request to lift the injunction that is keeping Elliott’s six-game suspension on hold.
In the meantime, there are no active negotiations between the league and the NFLPA about a settlement that would resolve the dispute and get it out of court, according to one person familiar with the case.
In terms of “any kinds of discussions to resolve it, there haven’t been any of those,” said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the legal case is pending.
The oral arguments are to be made Monday to a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. The NFL is seeking a stay of the preliminary injunction granted at the NFLPA’s request by U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant. That injunction is keeping Elliott eligible to play for the Dallas Cowboys while the case proceeds in court. If the stay is granted and the injunction is lifted, the NFL could enforce Elliott’s suspension immediately.
The NFL suspended Elliott, the league’s leading rusher last season as a rookie, under its personal conduct policy after concluding following a lengthy investigation that he was guilty of domestic violence in a series of incidents last year in Ohio involving his then-girlfriend. Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, did not charge Elliott with a crime.
League-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson denied the NFLPA’s appeal on Elliott’s behalf and upheld the suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The union took the case to court and secured the injunction from Mazzant, who ruled Elliott did not receive a fair appeal hearing before Henderson. Mazzant denied the league’s request for a stay of that injunction, first made to him as a procedural matter, to send the matter to the appeals court.