The 22-year-old running back tweeted a statement Friday in response to the suspension, saying he was "surprised and disappointed" by the decision.
Charges were dropped, but it could still be subject to National Football League discipline, as Elliott was not charged in the domestic violence case that got him suspended for six games. "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". At the time, Elliott was a new member of the Cowboys, having been drafted fourth overall following a stellar career at Ohio State. Sources have described him as "upset" about commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Elliott.
- Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 11, 2017Zeke Elliott & reps statement: "The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions".
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.
Ezekiel Elliott will miss the Cowboys first six games of the season. The Columbus City Attorney's office announced in September that it would not pursue charges against Elliott because of "conflicting and inconsistent information", but the National Football League can penalize a player even without legal charges.
Dallas will look to get familiar with the running backs they will start the season with. If the suspension holds up, Elliott wouldn't be eligible to play in the regular season until October 29 when the Cowboys play the Washington Redskins.