Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is reportedly bracing for discipline from the NFL stemming from a domestic violence investigation that has been ongoing since July 2016.
Elliott is preparing for a short suspension from the league, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“I think that there’s a growing sense that he could face some sort of short suspension here in the coming weeks at some point once the NFL wraps up its investigation,” Schefter said on SportsCenter. It is not over yet, but it is definitely far along into the process. Zeke Elliott still has to respond to the NFL’s recent findings. The NFL has given him some report and at some point here in the coming weeks, Zeke Elliott will respond to the NFL’s report that is sent to him.
“But I think that Zeke Elliott is bracing for a short suspension here in the coming weeks and we’ll see how that impacts the season.”
The league has been investigating Elliott for a year now and there’s been no explanation as to why the process has taken this long. However, Schefter reported two weeks ago that Elliott could still face discipline even though the league had been mum regarding the probe.
Elliott’s ex-girlfriend filed a complaint to authorities in Columbus, Ohio citing five instances of domestic violence. But the star running back was never charged with a crime. There has also been speculation suggesting the league is attempting to broker a settlement with Elliott’s accuser.
The league would most likely have to hand down a potential suspension soon to give Elliott ample time to potentially appeal before the regular season begins.
Elliott is coming off of an incredible rookie season, during which he led the league with 1,631 yards. However, this investigation has hovered over Elliott and the Cowboys throughout his young NFL career.
The investigation could be finally coming to a close, but the outcome might not be in Elliott’s favor.