The NFL’s year-long investigation into allegations of domestic violence against Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott is at an end.
The NFL announced Friday that Elliott will be suspended for six games to start the 2017 season following their investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016.
Cowboys' RB Ezekiel Elliott is being suspended 6 games, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2017
Six games is the standard suspension under the league’s domestic violence policy, though that can be adjusted depending on individual circumstances.
Though Elliott wasn’t brought up on criminal charges last year, the NFL began its own investigation into the alleged incident. In that time, Elliott was also caught on tape twice lifting a young woman’s top at a St. Patrick’s Day parade and was allegedly involved in a bar fight in Dallas Texas.
Elliott, who had 1994 yards from scrimmage and 16 combined touchdowns as a rookie in 2016, will miss the the season opening game against the New York Giants. He will also miss games at the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals, and versus the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers. With the Cowboys’ week 6 bye, Elliott will return following Dallas’ week 7 game at the San Francisco 49ers.
Read the NFL’s letter to Elliott HERE.