Thursday, a federal appeals court overturned a district court's ruling - essentially reinstating Elliott's six game NFL-imposed suspension for domestic violence. Elliott is expected to now take his case to the Southern District of NY, which is viewed as a more favorable court for the NFL.
Last month, the National Football League requested an emergency stay of a judge's injunction that allowed Elliott to play indefinitely, saying the court didn't have subject matter jurisdiction to make the decision.
According to the letter Elliott received informing him of the suspension, the National Football League believed he used "physical force" three times over five days in a Columbus, Ohio, apartment last July resulting in injuries to Thompson's face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, hips and knees.
It's the worst-case scenario for Elliott and makes it far likelier his case will fail quickly. Based on past cases, the battleground is both friendly to the NFL and has the precedent of striking down Brady's case, which was also challenging the league's disciplinary process based on challenging points under the collective-bargaining agreement. With his injunction struck down, the league has already indicated that Goodell has the latitude to enforce the suspension immediately, meaning Elliott could start serving his suspension as soon as this week.
District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III issued the preliminary injunction last month after agreeing with the NFLPA that Elliott didn't receive a fair suspension appeal hearing from Goodell-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson. The Cowboys have a bye this week. Dallas next plays October 22 in San Francisco.