Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott releases statement on suspension

Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 15 2017 in Arlington Texas

Announced on Friday, the suspension follows an National Football League investigation into allegations by former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson that Elliott had directed physical violence against her multiple times.

The 2016 Rookie of the Year is planning on appealing the suspension, according to his representatives.

Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. While Elliott was never arrested or charged with domestic violence, the NFL's personal conduct policy empowers Commissioner Roger Goodell to impose penalties regardless of criminality, if a player is determined to have violated league rules. Any ruling would be considered binding.

Elliott will be eligible to return to the team's active roster on Monday, October 23 following the Cowboys' Sunday, October 22 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

In light of Elliott's suspension, he is set to forfeit about $559,000 in 2017 salary and a possible $1.44 million in signing bonus repayment, tweeted Spotrac, a player valuation database. As for the six games that Elliott is scheduled to miss at the moment, it's time to rank which of those games the Cowboys will miss their star running back the most.

Elliott may appeal this decision within three days.

In response, attorneys representing Elliott issued a press release stating, "The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it "cherry picks" so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence".

The investigation heard evidence from numerous witnesses, including Elliott's former girlfriend and Elliott himself.

Elliott's absence should hurt Dallas through their first six games.

"Legal authorities concluded that Elliott's accuser was not credible and rejected charging him". If Elliott is indeed banned for the first seven weeks of the regular season, the Cowboys will relay heavily on their bench to carry the load. Video appeared to show him pulling down the top of a woman at a St. Patrick's Day Parade in March. Elliott was allegedly involved in a fight at a bar in July.

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