Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Ezekiel Elliott could be suspended, which is great for the Eagles

Ezekiel Elliott could be suspended, which is great for the Eagles

ESPN said Friday that Elliott has received the NFL's report on the 2016 allegation against him and he's working on a response, which is likely to be submitted before Cowboys training camp begins on July 24. From there, if the National Football League were to suspend Elliott he'd have the option of appealing the decision.

If Ezekiel Elliott is suspended, it will force the Cowboys to consider adding another running back for depth purposes.

The Cowboys open the regular season at home against the New York Giants on September 10 and face the Denver Broncos on the road September 17.

Ezekiel Elliott is one of the top running backs in the league, there is no way of getting around that.

In July 2016, Elliott was questioned by Columbus, Ohio, police after a former girlfriend accused Elliott of assaulting her multiple times over the course of a week.

Elliott has been under investigation by the National Football League for nearly a year now, specifically pertaining to a pattern of alleged abuse over the span of several days in July 2016, after which Elliott's girlfriend filed a report with police. However, due to their massive offensive line and the depth at running back behind Elliott, that step backwards for the Dallas Cowboys won't be as big as the teams in the division would like.

The NFL's personal conduct policy calls for a six-game suspension for a first-time domestic abuse offense, even if no legal action is taken, but it allows wiggle room for lesser suspensions with other factors considered.

ESPN reported there were no criminal charges filed because of "conflicting and inconsistent information".

"I do want closure", Elliott said then. ". We have professionals that are working on this". It just seems like they're dragging their feet right now.

Among the most notable of recent National Football League suspensions are wide receivers Michael Floyd and Mike Thomas.

Defensive end David Irving is already facing a four-game suspension for a PED violation.

This story includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

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