The NFL announced on Friday afternoon that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games. Elliott has three days to file an appeal with the league.
Elliott’s suspension results from a domestic violence allegation from his former girlfriend in July of 2016. Authorities did not arrest nor charge Elliott with any crime, however the NFL conducted its own investigation of the events and concluded, “there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence against Ms. Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016.”
Of course, there’s always the possibility that Elliott’s suspension is reduced, or his appeal process continues into the regular season.
Last year as a rookie, Elliott led the league with 1,631 rushing yards and had the third-most rushing touchdowns (15).