ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended by the league for six games. Cowboys fans and fantasy owners were all equally awaiting the official word from the NFL office on the suspension decision.
Recent rumors gave a wide range of outcomes for Elliott with it being as short as one game to as much as a six game suspension. SiriusXM’s Ross Tucker initially reported a source informed him a six game suspension was not out of the question.
This coincided with the NFL’s policy on domestic violence punishment.
As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero pointed out, it is important to note that any suspension could be appealed by Elliott, which could extend the process further as we have seen with players like Tom Brady.
A one to two game suspension would not have been for domestic violence, but the NFL reprimanding Elliott for a pattern of inappropriate behavior.
Regardless of length, one thing that has been consistent in recent days was the expectation that Elliott would be suspended. Indications of an Elliott suspension started to gain traction after Schefter’s July report of a “growing sense” around the league that Elliott would be suspended. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was one of the few people who does not expect Elliott to be suspended.
“I do not anticipate a suspension,” Jones told Dallas Morning News’ David Moore. The announcement wraps up an NFL investigation that began last season.
If the suspension holds, Elliott would be eligible to return to play in Week 8.