National Football League suspends Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott six games

National Football League suspends Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott six games

Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, league officials announced Friday. Earlier, the National Football League handed a six-game suspension on Elliott in connection with the domestic violence charges by former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

Elliott, who ran for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2016 and was named as a first-team All-Pro, has three days in which to appeal against the decision. Any ruling would be considered binding. That means that Elliott would miss the Cowboys' road game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium during Week 7.

Under the terms of the NFL's personal conduct policy, players who have committed domestic violence are subject to "a baseline" suspension of six games without pay. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that is indeed what the former Ohio State Buckeye will do.




The league said Friday there was "substantial and persuasive evidence" that Elliott had physical confrontations last summer with his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.

The Cowboys are already without defensive end Randy Gregory - suspended for the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy a couple of times - and defensive end David Irving - suspended the first four games for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy. The NFL Players Association said in a statement it is "reviewing the decision and have been in touch with Ezekiel and his representatives to consider all options". Without Elliott, the Cowboys are likely to turn to Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith at running back. He was also caught on video pulling down a woman's shirt during a St. Patrick's Day parade in Dallas this past spring and was involved in a bar fight in Dallas a week before training camp.

Without Elliott, one half of the Cowboys' sensational rookie tandem that helped Dallas win the NFC East last season, Prescott will have to work even harder to keep Dallas on top of a fiercely contested division.

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