Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott suspended for six games but could launch appeal

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant expects Elliott will be on the field for Week 1

Announced on Friday, the suspension follows an National Football League investigation into allegations by former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson that Elliott had directed physical violence against her multiple times. The Columbus, Ohio city prosecutor's office declined to pursue charges in early September because of inconsistent information from the victim.

Schefter said league sources told him Elliott will appeal the suspension. Any ruling would be considered binding. Elliott will be eligible to return to the active roster on October 23. The combination of running backs Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Ronnie Hillman will be asked to fill in for a player who lead the league in rushing last season.

Moreover, since Elliott has already received $16.350 million in total signing bonus, he will have to repay the Cowboys roughly $240,000 per game missed. But, regardless, it sounds like Elliott could be looking at a six-game ban.

Zeke was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend 5 different times in 6 days back in July 2016.

The principal has three days to appeal the decision.

According to Schefter, the league went through text messages and retained medical and legal experts to help commissioner Roger Goodell make his decision.

Back in July, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said there was no evidence of a domestic violence incident. In their first six regular-season games, Dallas will play the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Rams, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.

"Over the course of the past year, the league conducted an extensive investigation", the NFL statement read.

Last month, Elliott was allegedly involved in a scuffle at a Dallas bar where a man's nose was injured, but Dallas Police suspended that investigation when witnesses wouldn't come forward.

In March, he faced major backlash after a video surfaced, showing how he exposed a woman's breasts during the Dallas, Texas, St. Patrick's Day parade, without her consent.

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