Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott explains decision to appeal suspension

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs out of bounds for a first down and gives the first down signal 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 Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire)
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The NFL announced on Friday morning that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had officially been suspended for the first six games of the 2017 regular season after violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. However, it was then promptly revealed that the second-year rusher would appeal the decision.

As a result, Elliott has released a statement regarding the six-game ban.

“The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence,” begins Elliott’s official statement regarding the matter.

Elliott’s attorney also released a statement on his behalf on Friday afternoon.

“We just learned of the NFL’s decision to suspend Mr. Elliott for six games for allegedly engaging in ‘physical force’ against the accuser. Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL’s decision.”

As a rookie last season, the 22-year-old running back rushed for a league-leading 1,631 yards alongside 15 touchdowns. Appearing in 15 regular-season games en route to receiving 322 carries in all, Elliott was originally selected by the Cowboys with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.

Leading to an unexpected surplus of success in 2016, the Cowboys leaned heavily on Elliott and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. Now, it remains to be seen as to how the latter handles the absence of his backfield-mate.

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