Elliott was suspended by the National Football League after accusations of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend.
On Thursday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals terminated the temporary stay that allowed Elliott to play last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs and denied the preliminary injunction that might have postponed Zeke's punishment until next season.
The court did say Elliott's appeal of the decision on Thursday would be heard on an expedited basis. He's eligible to return in Week 16 versus the Seattle Seahawks. According to SI.com legal expert Michael McCann, that means Elliott might have another ruling before the six-game suspension ends. Although both players are formidable backups that have been Pro Bowl-caliber backs for other teams in the past, there's no replacing Elliott who may be the best player in the National Football League at his position. Attorneys for Elliott were attempting to convince a three-judge panel to grant him an injunction, ESPN reports. Salary-cap wise, Elliott's suspension changes the financial landscape of both the player and the team.
Though Columbus authorities never filed charges, the NFL leveled the ban on Elliott for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The NFLPA has argued a suspension would irreparably harm Elliott's career.
The union immediately appealed Goodell's decision and Elliott has been able to play while the case works its way through the legal system, seemingly leading to tension between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Goodell.