Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could be facing a long suspension, according to several reports.
While there hasn’t been any official word from the NFL, which has been performing a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations against Elliott, some in the NFL world believe a suspension is coming and soon.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that the “prevailing view” in NFL circles is that Elliott will be suspended. Florio said one league source called it “definite.”
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the “benchmark” for the suspension is six games, though it could be fewer.
Elliott was accused of five acts of domestic violence over a six-day period in July 2016. Prosecutors declined to press charges.
Elliott has had other off-field incidents, too. Video appeared to show him pulling down the top of a woman at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March. He also reportedly hit a man in a bar in July and sent him to the hospital, though charges were never pressed.
However, the announcement of a suspension doesn’t mean the end of the process. As Tom Pelissero of NFL Network notes, there could be an appeal, which could lead to legal challenges (sound familiar?).
It remains unclear when an announcement will be made, but from the sounds of it, Elliott could be missing a good chunk of games this season.
When Zeke Elliott learns his fate, the expectation is it includes discipline. The benchmark is 6 games, could be fewer. Fine possible, too
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 11, 2017
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