Ezekiel Elliott Not Playing in Preseason Game Against Rams as Appeal Looms

Ezekiel Elliott Not Playing in Preseason Game Against Rams as Appeal Looms

Ezekiel Elliott Not Playing in Preseason Game Against Rams as Appeal Looms

Ezekiel Elliott will not play tonight in the Cowboys preseason game against the Rams.

It was rumoured in recent weeks that Elliott could receive a short suspension prior to the start of the season, after allegations he assaulted a former girfriend. Dak Prescott will also be missing from action.

Elliott released a statement on Twitter disagreeing with the suspension.

The NFL Players' Association also issued a statement saying it is reviewing the league's decision and has been "in touch with Ezekiel and his representatives to consider all options". "I recognize the distraction and disruption that all of this has caused my family, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans - for that I am sincerely sorry".

Elliott has 72 hours to appeal the suspension, and he is expected to do so.

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Elliott will be appealing the suspension and will have the full support of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones throughout the process.

Elliott was seen on the field doing pregame sprints, and did not look to be injured. 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.

Jones added the Cowboys are comfortable moving forward without Elliott since they have Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris available to pick up the slack. "Although no arrests were made in either episode, the National Football League said that "[even] when a player is not charged with a crime, he may still be found to have violated the [personal conduct] policy if the credible evidence establishes that he engaged in conduct prohibited" by it.

Now, the New York Giants catch a break in not having to face Elliott in the first game of the season. The league cited photographs, medical information and thousands of electronic messages as evidence to back its decision to suspend Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing in 2016.

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