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Cowboys RB Elliott suspended after court denies emergency motion

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended for six games starting immediately after the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the National Football League on Thursday. That alleged action, as a result of a 13-month investigation, was deemed to be a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

But as of this moment, Elliott will not be allowed to play in the 5-3 Cowboys' game against the Falcons on Sunday.

So, Elliott will nearly certainly miss that contest and many experts expect he'll serve the six-game suspension in full after this ruling.

After several court cases and appeals, a United States district judge ruled last week to deny Elliott's request to block the suspension. He's eligible to return in Week 16 versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Elliott has bitterly contested the ban and had until Thursday successfully fought to delay the activation of the suspension, playing in all eight of the Cowboys' regular season games in 2017. Barring further legal intervention, Elliott would miss that game.

With Ezekiel Elliott presumably out, the Dallas Cowboys will turn to running backs Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith to carry the load and replace Elliott's heavy production.