Ezekiel Elliott will play Week 1, but miss 6 games

An NFL appeals officer rejected Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal on Tuesday and upheld the six-game suspension for the Dallas Cowboys running back.

Despite the ruling, Elliott is eligible to play in the Cowboys’ regular-season opener against the New York Giants on Sunday, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no update regarding Elliott’s status had been officially announced by the league.

A longer legal battle looks to be ahead after the NFL Players’ Association filed a request with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to vacate the arbitration decision before it was made. The union also sought a temporary restraining order against any ruling that would subject Elliott to a suspension. The NFL filed a motion to dismiss.