Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ready for 'long battle' over suspension


Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Saturday the team supports running back Ezekiel Elliott after the National Football League suspended him six games following a lengthy investigation into a series of alleged domestic violence and those who commit those acts must be held accountable.

In the tweet, which contained a screenshot of a note with no accompanying text, Elliott recognized and apologized for the distraction his off-field behavior has caused.

Despite never being charged over the 2016 incident, Elliott has received a six-game ban, found in breach of the league's Personal Conduct Policy. "I admit that I am far from ideal, but plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given". The Columbus City Attorney's office announced in September that it would not pursue charges against Elliott because of "conflicting and inconsistent information", but the National Football League can penalize a player even without legal charges.

If the NFL determines that there is enough evidence that Elliott was responsible for the punch, there is a chance the Cowboys running back could face further league discipline.

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Elliott will be appealing the suspension and will have the full support of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones throughout the process.

Jones hasn't made any public statements since the Elliott suspension has been announced. Elliott & his reps are "extremely disappointed". Elliott was among several players on the Cowboys inactive list, despite his suspension not slated to begin until the start of the regular season.

Ezekiel Elliott will not play tonight in the Cowboys preseason game against the Rams. If the suspension holds up, Elliott wouldn't be eligible to play in the regular season until October 29 when the Cowboys play the Washington Redskins.