Cowboys Jason Witten believes Ezekiel Elliott can learn from suspension

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Jason Witten (82) of the Cowboys makes a catch and then runs upfield during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 18, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Dallas beats Tampa Bay 26-20. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has now infamously encountered a six-game suspension after the NFL ruled that the second-year rusher violated the league’s personal conduct policy. With the looming suspension quickly becoming one of the biggest storylines of the 2017 offseason due to Elliott’s success as a rookie in 2016, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten recently commented on the ongoing situation.

“Look, there’s no place for a man to put his hand on a woman, and most of you guys know that it’s a situation that’s affected my family as a kid, and I put a lot of work and attention and have a platform to step out and speak on stopping domestic violence,” Witten said over the weekend, via ESPN. “Having said that, Zeke is continuing to work through it, and he’s talked about that. The game and all that stuff, that’s not what you deal with. He’s our teammate, and we’ll continue to work through it with him and have this opportunity to grow from it, and I think that’s what his focus is now.”

Elliott plans to appeal such a decision and has already released a statement of his own — in addition to his attorney — regarding the matter.

“We talked to our team about the situation and the importance of focusing on what we can control,” said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. “We can’t control what the NFL does. It’s not my place to comment on whether I think it’s justified.”

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