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Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension is back on ... again

Ezekiel Elliott had his emergency motion denied Thursday by the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

His six-game suspension is back on ... again ... and it's effective immediately.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Elliott didn't meet the standards to continue blocking the suspension but ordered a hearing as soon as it could be scheduled.

He played the first eight games on three different legal reprieves. It wasn't immediately clear how soon the court would rule on Elliott's claim that he was treated unfairly by the NFL.

Though the process has taken twists and turns throughout the first nine weeks of the season, this now looks close to official. It appears Elliott's only remaining option is to appeal this to the Supreme Court.

Elliott will be eligible to return Dec. 24 against the Seahawks. He will miss the Eagles-Cowboys showdown in Week 11 but will be back for the Week 17 meeting.

The Cowboys could be in store for a rough Sunday against the Falcons. Aside from potentially missing Elliott, Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) hasn't practiced all week.