The Cowboys may be without star running back Ezekiel Elliott when they face the Broncos on the road in Week 2 of the 2017 NFL season.
Elliott is bracing for a “short suspension” for an alleged domestic violence incident, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (via Cowboys Wire). Prosecutors decided not to charge Elliott last year for the incident but the NFL has been conducting its own investigation.
Schefter implied that Elliott could be facing a two-game suspension, a curious statement because NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league’s domestic violence policy calls for a six-game suspension for first-time offenders.
Perhaps Elliott would serve a two-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the league,” which falls under the league’s personal conduct policy and is separate from the NFL’s domestic violence policy.
Or perhaps Schefter’s information is inaccurate and Elliott won’t serve a suspension to start the 2017 season. Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie in 2016.
If Elliott is suspended, Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris would likely share carries against Denver in Week 2. The Broncos’ biggest weakness on defense last year was their inability to stop the run so Elliott’s availability will be a notable storyline to follow.
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