The ridiculously long investigation of Ezekiel Elliott concluded today with an even more ridiculous outcome. Elliott has been suspended for six games to start the upcoming season by the NFL.
You can find the complete letter that the league issued to Elliott via Adam Shefter and ESPN here.
Once the news broke, it was almost immediate that Elliott’s camp responded with their desire to appeal the decision, as well as issuing a full statement. NFL Network’s Jane Slater obtained and tweeted out the response below.
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If what Elliott’s lawyers are saying is true, then he may have a real case provided this whole thing ends up going to the legal system. Needless to say this will be very interesting going forward. Various reports around Twitter this afternoon indicate that Jerry Jones, Elliott and the Cowboys will not be taking this suspension without a fight.
It is possible that Elliott takes the Tom Brady approach by tying things up in court allowing him to play in games until a verdict is reached. However Brady did ultimately still serve a four game suspension the following year.
If Zeke does indeed miss the first six games of the season, he will effectively miss the first two months. Once you factor in the week 6 bye, Elliott will be set to return October 29th against the Redskins. A bit of good fortune – as the Cowboys will only play one divisional game during their star back’s absence.
In terms of who will replace Elliott, the running back position may be the deepest on the team. Darren McFadden will likely get the first crack at being RB1, but Alfred Morris and Rod Smith were both impressive in the Hall of Fame game. A three headed monster approach could be very effective at keeping opposing teams off balance while dually wearing them down.
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