Thompson's domestic violence allegations against Elliott led Goodell to suspend the running back for six games.
With Elliott playing at a high level once again this season, the loss of the Pro Bowler is a devastating blow for the Cowboys as they try to make their way back into the playoffs. The stay has been lifted and Elliott, 22, is officially placed on the suspension list for the next six games, starting Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. While his legal options aren't exhausted - Thursday's ruling isn't a verdict - Elliott will miss the Cowboys' next six games. In that case, Elliott would miss the Cowboys' home game against the Eagles on November 19 and would be eligible to return for the season finale, a December 31 game at Philadelphia. The judges rejected Elliott's claims that he would suffer irreparable harm from missing games were he to eventually prevail against the league in court. Elliott was suspended by the National Football League after accusations of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend.
The Elliott suspension has been weaving through the courts since he was ordered in August to serve the ban for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Elliott's base salary for the 2017 season is $1,584,379.
About 2:45 p.m., National Football League insiders reported that the appeal had been denied.
After several court cases and appeals, a United States district judge ruled last week to deny Elliott's request to block the suspension.
The difference this week is that Elliott, the NFL's second-leading rusher, was with his teammates.