Ezekiel Elliott's Lawyers Issue Forceful Response To NFL About His Suspension

Jessica Allison
August 14, 2017

That said, it sounds like the situation is far from settled with less than a month before Dallas kicks off the regular season at home against the New York Giants on September 10.

The NFL sent a letter to Ezekiel Elliott that offers more details into why the Cowboys star was suspended six games on domestic violence allegations, and also says Elliott must undergo a clinical evaluation.

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

If the suspension goes into effect, Elliott can still participate in preseason practices and games, and return to the team's active roster as soon as October 23. He said he was "sincerely sorry" for the distraction and disruption that he has caused for the Cowboys and his family. I admit that I am far from ideal, but I 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 NFL's letter said that Elliott must undergo clinical evaluation - and that, should counseling or treatment be recommended, that he comply with those recommendations. Elliott was not charged or arrested because of what authorities in Columbus said was conflicting and inconsistent information.

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Elliott may appeal this decision within three days.

The Ohio State product led the National Football League with 1,631 rushing yards during his rookie season.

Elliott has had a string of off-field issues in the year since the Cowboys made him the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft. For reference, Tom Brady's Deflategate appeal was filed on May 14, 2016.

In the NFL's statement announcing the suspension, the league said it conducted an extensive investigation over the course of the past year, interviewing more than a dozen witnesses.

Elliott's suspension rachets up the pressure on Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott to lead the team over three of the league's toughest defenses in the Giants, Broncos and Cardinals to start the season, with two of those games coming on the road.

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