U.S. District Court judge Amos Mazzant III granted a request by the NFL Players Association for a temporary restraining order on Friday to prevent the implementation of the six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliott's suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy was set to begin Monday, one day after he was eligible to compete in the Cowboys' season-opening game against the NFC East rival New York Giants.
With the injunction, Elliott likely will be able to continue playing as the legal process plays out. There is a chance the 22-year-old will be allowed to play the entire 2017 season as the case makes its way through the court, according to multiple reports.
"We are very pleased that Mr. Elliott will finally be given the opportunity to have an impartial decision-maker carefully examine the NFL's misconduct," Elliott's attorneys said in a statement Friday night. "This is just the beginning of the unveiling of the NFL's mishandling as it relates to Mr. Elliott's suspension."
The Cowboys did not comment on the court's decision, although Elliott posted a video on Instagram with the caption: "Momma told me if ya fall never stay down."
Photo: Getty Images