Cowboys 2016 rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliot was just handed a six game suspension by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy. This comes as punishment for a series of separate incidents the young running back was involved in, starting with a domestic violence accusation in Columbus from July of 2016. The Columbus Attorney’s office announced that it would not pursue charges against Elliott because of “conflicting and inconsistent information,” but the NFL can still suspend a player even without legal charges.
The 6 game suspension comes as a surprise to most. Many were reporting in the last few days that they expected him not to miss any games at all. Elliot has elected to appeal the suspension, but as of right now he is set to return week 8 against the Washington Redskins. Personally, I find this suspension absolutely shocking and just another chapter in the long list of in-explainable punishments from the league office. Yes, Elliot has been far from a model citizen since he was drafted, however he has never been arrested. He’s essentially getting a six game suspension because the NFL doesn’t like the way one of it’s stars is acting. I highly doubt the NFL would suspend a player like back-up DT for the Dolphins Devon Godchaux 6 games for acting a fool. Word out of Dallas is that Jerry Jones is pissed, which would now put two prominent owners, Jones and Kraft, at odds with the Park Avenue office over player suspensions.
In the case that Elliot misses substantial time, or time at all, the Cowboys have a few proven backs to fill the void. Former 1,000 yard rushers Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden will be effective enough largely due to the plowing offensive line. Nonetheless losing one the NFL’s best running backs is a blow that no team would like to deal with, and could have significant ramifications on the Cowboys’ 2017-2018 year.