Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games by NFL

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games, the NFL announced on Friday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news Friday afternoon. Earlier in the day, he reported the NFL was investigating Elliott for domestic violence, which can bring a six-game suspension.

Elliott’s suspension is for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell reports that the NFL interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Tiffany Thompson, who “alleged multiple instances of physical violence in July 2016.” Elliott also was interviewed.

Evidence in the investigation included photos and digital evidence (text messages and other electronic communications).

NFL suspends Ezekiel Elliott

In the NFL’s press release, the league said Todd Jones, the NFL’s special counsel for conduct, said advisers had the view that there was “substantial and persuasive” evidence that supported the finding that Elliott engaged in physical violence against Thompson on multiple occasions.

Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension. He has three business days to file an appeal, Schefter reported.

NFL suspends Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

In his rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys, Elliott rushed for an NFL-high 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 363 receiving yards and a touchdown. The running back also was named All-Pro.

While at Ohio State, Elliott rushed for more than 1,800 years in a season twice (2014, 2015). In 2014, Elliott ran for 1,878 yards (6.9 yards per attempt) with 18 touchdowns. He helped lead the Buckeyes to the first College Football Playoff national title after the 2014 season. In 2015, Elliott rushed for 1,821 yards (6.3 per attempt) with 23 scores.

Elliott was drafted No. 4 overall overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cowboys.

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