Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games

Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games

Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games

Friday morning, it was announced that Elliot is being suspended for six games after violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The city attorney in Columbus announced last September it wouldn't pursue charges, but the National Football League can still penalize a player without charges being filed.

The NFL has cracked down on domestic violence allegations in recent years, and a 2014 revision of its personal conduct policy gives Commissioner Roger Goodell the ability to suspend players with or without a conviction. Any ruling would be considered binding.

Without an appeal, the suspension would begin September 2 and he would be eligible to return to the active roster October 23, the day after the Cowboys' Week 7 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Elliott, the Cowboys' No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, led the league in rushing yards (1,631) and rushing yards per game (108.7) as a rookie last season.

The baseline for a suspension involving domestic violence is six games without pay.

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.

Legal authorities concluded that Elliott's accuser was not credible and rejected charging him.

"I have reviewed everything, and there is absolutely nothing - not one thing - that had anything to do with domestic violence", Jones said of Elliott during the team's training camp.

The league said there was "substantial and persuasive evidence" that Elliott had physical confrontations last summer with his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. The Cowboys expected much of the same this season but the suspension puts their plans for a strong start in serious jeopardy. Along with leading the league in rushing yards, his 15 rushing touchdowns placed him third. Without Elliott, the Cowboys are likely to turn to Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith at running back.

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