Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott 'surprised and disappointed' by National Football League suspension

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13 August, 2017

Ezekiel Elliott will miss the Cowboys first six games of the season.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasn't pleased with the NFL's decision to hand his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, a six-game suspension on Friday.

The suspension comes as a result of an investigation that started more than a year ago after an ex-girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence in Columbus, Ohio. Dak Prescott will also be missing from action.

Accusing Elliott of committing "multiple instances of physical violence" against a former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, the National Football League concluded a year-long investigation with a punishment that Elliott, through his lawyers, has vowed to appeal. The threat from the league means that Elliott needs to stay out of trouble.

Elliott has three days from receipt of the letter to file an appeal, and assuming he does so, he will have a hearing within 10 days of his filing.

He said he was sincerely sorry for being a distraction and disruption to his family, friends, teammates, team and his fans.

Jones also said four external advisers "were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that (Elliott) engaged in physical violence against (the alleged victim) on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016". "I admit that I am far from flawless, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the opportunity that I have been given".

Elliott was seen on the field doing pregame sprints, and did not look to be injured.

Jones added the Cowboys are comfortable moving forward without Elliott since they have Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris available to pick up the slack. Elliott's suspension is just the latest in a long list of Cowboys off-field woes during the summer. In his rookie season, Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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