The Dallas Cowboys will not have Ezekiel Elliott for the next six weeks.
A New York City judge decided on Monday to deny a motion to vacate the six-game suspension handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in August.
Judge Katherine Polk Failla ruled that Goodell acted in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement and that Elliott had ample opportunity to challenge Goodell's findings in arbitration hearing, according to several reports.
Judge Failla dissolved the temporary restraining order granted in September by a federal judge in Texas. Monday's decision is stayed for 24 hours to allow for the option to appeal.
Elliott, who ran for 150 yards on a career-high 33 carries in Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins, said following the game he was confident he would be on the field for the remainder of the season. Elliott, who is third in the NFL with 690 rushing yards and a league-best six rushing scores, will be eligible to return the field on December 17 when the Cowboys face the Raiders in Oakland.
The six-game suspension stems from a domestic violence allegation by Elliott's former girlfriend in July of 2016. Goodell decided there was enough "persuasive evidence supporting" Tiffany Thompson's allegations of domestic abuse. Elliott has denied the allegations. The union immediately appealed Goodell's decision and Elliott has been able to play while the case works its way through the legal system.
The legal battle continued with Monday's injunction hearing that lasted for more than two hours. The court battle might not be over with Monday's decision as Elliott's legal team will likely pursue another appeal, with the next step a likely appeal within the next 24 hours.
The NFLPA could also ask the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans for an en banc hearing.