National Football League suspends Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott six games

Jerry Jones talks to Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to ESPN. Earlier, the National Football League handed a six-game suspension on Elliott in connection with the domestic violence charges by former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson. "The league also consulted with medical experts", the statement said. A hearing would be held with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or another league official.

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Should the six-game suspension hold up, Elliott's first game back will be October 29 against the Washington Redskins.

The advisers participated in a meeting on June 26, 2017 in New York City with Elliott, who was represented by his legal team and the NFL Players Association.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has repeatedly defended Elliott, saying he has reviewed the case and "there is absolutely nothing - not one thing - that had anything to do with domestic violence". That means that Elliott would miss the Cowboys' road game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium during Week 7. Immediately after it was announced, many speculated if Elliott would appeal it. "My opinion is there's not even an issue over he-said, she-said".

In most gambling establishments, the Cowboys had been the odds-on favorite to come out of the NFC.

The NFL's reigning rushing yards leader has three days to decide whether or not he wants to officially appeal the suspension.

In March, he faced major backlash after a video surfaced, showing how he exposed a woman's breasts during the Dallas, Texas, St. Patrick's Day parade, without her consent.

It was rumoured in recent weeks that Elliott could receive a short suspension prior to the start of the season, after allegations he assaulted a former girfriend.

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