The Dallas Cowboys are already slated to be without defensive ends Randy Gregory and David Irving in Week 1 against the New York Giants due to their respective suspensions, but they could also be without star running back Ezekiel Elliott.
ESPN reports that Elliott is possibly facing a one- or two-game suspension following an investigation into a 2016 domestic violence accusation against him.
Multiple sources close to the situation told Schefter that Elliott could face a one- or two-game suspension, but the league has denied that any decision on discipline has been made, and says it could not be made until its investigation is complete.
“The NFL is looking to pin something on him,” one source familiar with the investigation said.
Elliott was questioned by Ohio police in July 2016 after an ex-girlfriend accused him of assaulting her multiple times over the course of a week. However, no witnesses would corroborate her story so the district attorney opted not to pursue charges.
The NFL’s personal conduct policy calls for a six-game suspension for a first-time domestic abuse offense even if no legal action is taken, but it allows wiggle room for lesser suspensions as other factors are considered.
If Elliott is suspended — and even if that suspension is appealed — it’s entirely possible he misses the regular season opener against the Giants.
In addition to Elliott, Gregory and Irving, the Cowboys could also be without starting linebacker Damien Wilson, who was arrested on two…
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