OXNARD, California - Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The suspension follows an investigation after an ex-girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence in his college town of Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus City Attorney's office announced that it would not pursue charges against Elliott because of "conflicting and inconsistent information," but the NFL can still penalize a player even without legal charges against him.
Despite the suspension, Elliott is expected to appeal, league sources told Schefter. Elliott has three business days to file notice of appeal, and a hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the notice, according to Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement, which governs appeal of commissioner discipline.
Ezekiel Elliott can kiss the $8,156,274 of salary guarantees in his 2017 through 2019 contract years goodbye if his suspension is upheld.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) August 11, 2017