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Dallas Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games

Dallas Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games

The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, stemming from an investigation that took place after an ex-girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence in Columbus, Ohio. Earlier, the National Football League handed a six-game suspension on Elliott in connection with the domestic violence charges by former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

The league revised its personal conduct policy in 2014 following sharp criticism of a case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. If the six-game suspension stands, Elliott will be making his season debut October 29 against the Washington Redskins.

Goodell and the advisors met with Elliott, his legal advisors and representatives of the NFL Players Association on June 26 to review the findings of the investigation and filings on Elliott's behalf.

A judgment is expected to be passed down shortly (maybe when Friday), also based on a report by NFL Network, the Cowboys must be all set for Elliott to be given a very long ban.

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Elliott was the fourth pick in the 2016 draft. "League investigators examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages and other records of electronic communications", the NFL said. Elliott would be able to play while he appeals.

Elliott is set to begin his second season with the Cowboys, after rushing for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to earning first-team All-Pro honours in 2016.

Dallas is set to open its regular season on Sunday, Sept. 10, hosting the New York Giants in primetime on NBC.

The Cowboys will now turn to backups Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith during Elliott's suspension. Six games has been the league's standard for a domestic violence punishment. In March, he was videotaped exposing a woman's breast during a St. Patrick's Day parade.