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Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games for violating NFL's conduct policy

Nick Neville
August 11, 2017 - 12:53 pm

The Dallas Cowboys will be without last year’s league-leading rusher for the first six games, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The suspension comes as a result of an investigation that began more than a year ago after an ex-girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence. While the Columbus City Attorney’s office concluded that it would not pursue charges against the 22-year-old, the NFL can penalize a player even without legal charges.

Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension and has three business days to file notice of appeal. A hearing, which would either be heard by commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee, must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the notice.

To arrive at the suspension, the league investigated text messages and consulted medical and legal experts. The NFL considered domestic violence allegations from February and July 2016, as well as a March 2017 incident in which Elliott was videotaped pulling down a woman’s top at a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

In July, the Ohio State product was allegedly involved in an incident at a Dallas bar which left a DJ with a nose injury, but Dallas police have since suspended that investigation.

Despite the allegations, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has been consistent in defense of his star running back.

“I have reviewed everything, and there is absolutely nothing – not one thing – that had anything to do with domestic violence,” Jones told reporters at the Cowboys' opening training camp news conference.

On the field, Elliott’s suspension opens the door for Darren McFadden to take an increased role in the Cowboys offense. The nine-year veteran was limited to 24 carries a season ago due to a broken elbow. Rod Smith, who has seen increased reps at training camp, Alfred Morris and rookie Ronnie Hillman are Dallas’ remaining running backs.

Sources told Schefter that people within the Cowboys organization have grown increasingly concerned about Elliott’s behavior, and this situation should do little to assuage their concerns.

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