A federal appeals court in New York City has denied Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s bid to keep a six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence on hold.
Elliott was in court and the denial of the injunction makes him ineligible in Sunday’s game at Atlanta.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Elliott didn’t meet the standards to continue blocking the suspension but ordered a hearing as soon as it could be scheduled.
He played the first eight games on three different legal reprieves. It wasn’t immediately clear how soon the court would rule on Elliott’s claim that he was treated unfairly by the NFL.
NFL: The league expects a five-year contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell to be finalized soon, despite a threatened lawsuit by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday that “our expectation is this will be wrapped up soon, but we can’t project an actual date.”
The extension would carry through 2024. Goodell became commissioner in 2006.
Lockhart added that the league is aware of Jones’ potential lawsuit, which apparently has been sparked by star running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence.
All 32 owners voted in May to extend Goodell’s contract and authorized the compensation committee to work out the details. Goodell suspended Elliott in August after a yearlong NFL investigation. Prosecutors in Ohio declined to pursue the domestic violence case.
Colts: Released two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis on Thursday, less than 24 hours after Davis took his complaints about the organization public.
Davis said Wednesday he felt disrespected by the way the Colts handled his demotion and that he wasn’t playing at his typically high level because of a groin injury that hadn’t completely healed.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard told a local sports talk show Wednesday that the Colts were unaware the injury had lingered and Davis was probably speaking out of frustration because he hadn’t played up to his usually high standards the last couple of weeks.
When the Colts announced Saturday that Davis did not travel with the team to Houston, the official designation was “noninjury related.”
Patriots: Have claimed veteran tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers.
Bennett, who was waived by the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, played for the Patriots in 2016. He had 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, playing an integral role in the team’s Super Bowl championship season.
Wisconsin: Star receiver Quintez Cephus will miss the rest of the season .
Coach Paul Chryst said after practice Thursday that Cephus had surgery this week.
He leads the No. 6 Badgers in receiving yards and touchdown catches. The sophomore was hurt during a 45-17 win last week at Indiana. Cephus finisheds the year with 30 catches for 501 yards and six scores.
Wisconsin also remains without senior wideout Jazz Peavy because of a right leg injury.