Ezekiel Elliott Reportedly Could Face Further Discipline for July Bar Incident

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

"During the upcoming weeks and through the appeal a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light".

In a statement released late Friday night, Elliott said he was "surprised and disappointed" with the NFL's ruling and that he "strongly" disagrees with the investigation's findings.

The NFL however does hold the power to penalize a player without legal charges.

"Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL's decision", Elliott's lawyers said.

"Obviously we know this was something that could happen", Jones said of Elliott's suspension, per 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. In a six-page letter to Elliott, the NFL made it very clear that the league has the right to banish him forever if he were to get in trouble again.

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.

The suspension is scheduled to begin September 2 and Elliott is eligible to return to the Cowboys' roster on October 23, one day after the team's Week 7 road game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The league revised its personal conduct policy in 2014 following sharp criticism of a case involving former Baltimore running back Ray Rice.

If the NFL determines that there is enough evidence that Elliott was responsible for the punch, there is a chance the Cowboys running back could face further league discipline.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly "furious" with the league's decision to suspend Elliott, according to ESPN. In his rookie season, Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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