Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott suspended for 6 games

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott suspended for 6 games

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sought the views of four external advisors to assist him in evaluating potential violations.

The league revised its personal conduct policy in 2014 following sharp criticism of a case involving former Baltimore running back Ray Rice. Prohibited conduct includes "actual or threatened physical violence against another person". And on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the National Football League chose to suspend Elliott for six games, which is the minimum for domestic violence violations.

The NFL Players Association released a statement Friday saying it is reviewing the decision and has been in touch with Elliott and his representatives to consider all options. If he does file, Elliott would then to schedule a hearing with the league within ten days of receipt of the notice.

The woman also said Elliott struck her several times in the past week, which he also has denied. The ex-girlfriend accused Elliott of five incidents of domestic violence during a six-day period in July 2016. Since he was suspended without pay, Elliott will forfeit $559,192 in base salary.

According to ESPN, the suspension also voids the guarantees in his four-year - almost $25m (£19.2) contract - with the Cowboys. Whether Elliott's suspension will even hold up for Week 1 ― when the Cowboys are scheduled to open their season against the New York Giants ― remains to be seen. Harvey said an example was proof that photographs were taken by Thompson the same day she alleged that she was injured by Elliott. It's tough for the team.

Mike Florio explained Jones' thinking as feeling wronged, that those in power at the league office have "robbed" from him the Cowboys' 2017 season "under standards that he thinks is unfair". "You would miss someone like that if he was out". Unfortunately, a suspension seemed likely for Elliott when considering all of the rumors swirling for weeks surrounding the running back, but the argument can be made that nobody expected Dallas to be hit this hard. They play at the San Francisco 49ers after the bye in Elliott final game on suspension. In the meantime, the second-year Pro Bowler is allowed to fully practice with the team and participate in all preseason activities.

Instead, it appears the Cowboys will turn to a largely uninspiring group of backups - Darren McFadden, Rod Smith and Alfred Morris - for the start of a season it enters with high expectations.

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