February 22, 2018

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games

13 August 2017, 12:27 | Ken Black

David Richard AP

David Richard  AP

The awful news Dallas Cowboys fans were waiting for became a reality on Friday after the league announced that star running back Ezekiel Elliott would be suspended for the first six games of the 2017 NFL season due to domestic violence. It was a year-long investigation by the National Football League, going back to 2016, when Elliott was alleged to have been involved in a domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend. Elliott denied the domestic-violence allegations and last September the Columbus City Attorney's office they would not pursue charges in the case due to "conflicting and inconsistent information".

Elliott will be appealing the suspension and will have the full support of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones throughout the process. Elliott has three business days to appeal and the league then has 10 days to schedule an appeal hearing. Any ruling would be considered binding.

If the suspension goes into effect, Elliott can still participate in preseason practices and games, and return to the team's active roster as soon as October 23. The Broncos, meanwhile, surrendered an average of 130 rushing yards per game a year ago, the fifth-most in the NFL.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith discussed Ezekiel Elliott's six game suspension that was handed down by the NFL on Friday morning in an interview with the MMQB's Albert Breer.

The league also looked at an incident on St. Patricks Day when Elliott pulled down a woman's top during a parade, but Schefter says that incident was not part of the final decision to suspend Elliott for six games. Another witness said Thompson was likely injured in a bar fight, not by Elliott. He accounted for more than 33 percent of the Cowboys' total yards in his rookie season. Along with leading the league in rushing yards, his 15 rushing touchdowns placed him third.

Thompson has accused Elliott of other assaults, among a growing list of off-the-field trouble for the running back.

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