Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended for six games

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) takes a moment of silence before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions on December 26, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Dallas beats Detroit 42-21. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire)
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The NFL has finally come to a decision regarding Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. According to a Friday morning report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the second-year star has been suspended for six games due to violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

While a ruling has now been handed down with the 2017 season right around the corner, the former Ohio State standout has been under NFL investigation for more than a year. Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension, and given its proximity to the season, could become a court battle, according to legal experts.

A slew of off-the-field incidents since breaking into the NFL a season ago has plagued the 22-year-old running back. With the most significant claim stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident involving an ex-girlfriend, prosecutors in Ohio, where the incident allegedly took place, declined to press charges against Elliott.

Elliott was also seen removing a woman’s top at a St. Patrick’s Day party earlier this year and being accused of breaking a D.J.’s nose at a Dallas night club this summer.

Despite his issues away from the gridiron, the Pro Bowl running back shined — to say the least — in his rookie season. Over the course of 15 regular-season appearances for the first-place Cowboys, Elliott carried the football 322 times en route to producing a league-leading 1,631 yards alongside 15 touchdowns.

He was originally selected by the Cowboys with the No. 4 overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.

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