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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott suspension case timeline

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A U.S. District Court judge granted the NFL Players Association's preliminary injunction request on the behalf of Ezekiel Elliott on Friday, meaning the Dallas Cowboys running back's suspension is on hold -- for now.

Judge Amos Mazzant III's decision allows Elliott to play as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas reviews the NFLPA's petition to void his six-game suspension. There's no timeline for Mazzant III to make a decision on whether to allow the petition to move forward to trial, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program. However, there's a strong chance Elliott will now be allowed to play the entire 2017 season as the case makes it way through the court.

Here is a timeline of the entire process:

July 22, 2016: Accused of abuse on five separate occasions from July 17-22

August 25, 2016: Video surfaces of Elliott in legal marijuana dispensary in Seattle before preseason game

September 6, 2016: Prosecutors announce Elliott would not be charged with domestic violence

October 2016: NFL investigators interview Elliott

March 13, 2017: Video surfaces of Elliott pulling down a woman's shirt at St. Patrick's Day parade

June 1, 2017: Phone records and other documents turned over to NFL investigators

July 16, 2017: Allegedly involved in alteration at Dallas restaurant (not arrested)

July 17, 2017: Appeals misdemeanor conviction for speeding stemming from citation in April (100 mph in 70 mph zone)

August 11, 2017: Elliott suspended six games by NFL for violation of personal conduct policy

August 15, 2017: Elliott appeals his suspension

August 29-31, 2017: Harold Henderson hears Elliot's appeal hearing

September 1, 2017: NFLPA files temporary restraining order in Texas to block any suspension upheld by Henderson

September 5, 2017: NFL files motion to dismiss NFLPA/Elliot lawsuit

September 5, 2017: Harold Henderson upholds NFL's 6-game suspension of Elliott

September 5, 2017: NFL allows Elliott to play in Week 1 due to timing of appeal decision

September 8, 2017: Eastern District of Texas Sherman Division Judge Amos Mazzant grants preliminary injunction against 6-games suspension, citing Elliott did not receive a fundamentally fair hearing before the arbitrator, also granting Elliott's petition for a temporary restraining order

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