PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended six games for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy, first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Elliott will reportedly appeal the decision and he has three days to do so.
“Over the course of the last year, the league conducted an extensive investigation,” the NFL said in a statement. “League investigators interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Ms. Tiffany Thompson, who had alleged multiple instances of physical violence in July 2016, and Mr. Elliott. The league also consulted with medical experts. League investigators examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages and other records of electronic communications.”
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that Elliott was told if he has “any additional violations it may result in your suspension or potential banishment.”
Schefter reports Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is furious.
Elliot was investigated for a domestic violence incident last summer. On top of that, Elliott has recently allegedly been involved in a night club fight and reportedly received a speeding ticket.
Elliott, 21, rushed for an NFL best 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie last season. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Cowboys open the regular season against the Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, Packers, and 49ers.