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Straight Talk On Elliott Suspension From Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith

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The Cowboys face the possibility of starting out the 2017 season without last year’s league leading rusher.

Ezekiel Elliott is currently appealing a six-game suspension from the NFL due to his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident last year in Ohio with an ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, Elliott’s legal team says the women made threats to ruin his career.

Elliott was also allegedly involved in an altercation at a Dallas bar prior to the start of training camp. The NFL has since closed that investigation and stated it would only resume if new information arises from the incident.

Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith was asked if he’s talked to Elliott about all of the offseason issues involving the current Cowboys running back.

“I’m not going to discuss the personal matters between Zeke and myself,” Smith said. “He needs to have a place of trust and if that’s within me, I’m going to try and keep it that way. I think very highly of the young man.”

There is a chance that Elliott could possibly see the suspension fall from six games to four. No matter how many games the suspension is, the Cowboys still face the tall task of replacing him to start the season. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris got a fair share of carries in Saturday’s preseason win over the Colts in front of the home crowd in Arlington. Rod Smith has also looked good during training camp and preseason action.

Troy Aikman, another Hall of Famer, feels the Elliott situation is a concern but is also showing faith that the Cowboys can overcome the obstacle of being without their star running back.

“With that offensive line and the running backs they have, I’d expect them to still have success running the football,” Aikman said. “There’s been some other distractions with the suspensions and things of that nature but I do think this will still be a solid team and come out of the gates and play well. I expect them to have another great year.”

Elliott has been involved with various off-the-field incidents since the Cowboys selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Many are hoping this suspension could be a wake-up call.

“I think Ezekiel knows what he needs to do,” Aikman said. “I think you’ve got to be careful and can’t put yourself in certain situations where you become vulnerable. You get put in a position where something bad can potentially occur but all these guys know that. These guys are grown men. They’ve lived in an era of social media. You know, or at least got to anticipate, every action is going to be videoed. If he didn’t know that already I’m sure someone’s got his attention.”

Is The NFL Ready To Suspend Ezekiel Elliott?

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The saga involving the personal conduct investigation into Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott takes yet another interesting turn.

On FS1’s Undisputed, Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter claims to have inside information concerning the probe, saying ‘In the next 48 hours, I would be shocked if Zeke was not suspended.”

Carter added that the punishment will be similar to the four-game suspension New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received for Deflategate.

However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seemed to throw some water on Carter’s hot take, telling Newsday’s Bob Glauber, “We haven’t made any decisions yet.”

Goodell also fired back at Carter, saying “I don’t think Cris has anything to do with the decision.”

But wait, there’s more.

Elliott’s father, Stacey Elliott, jumped in and sounded off on the situation. He posted a tweet with the message stating, “All your lies and plots will fail! I don’t speak out of emotions! I speak out of actual facts! So ready for the show down!”

The investigation centers on domestic abuse accusations in July 2016 made by a female acquaintance of Ezekiel Elliott in Columbus, Ohio. Elliott was not arrested and never charged. He’s proclaimed his innocence with the Cowboys backing him from the beginning. However, the NFL never closed their investigation into the allegations.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has maintained that evidence shows Elliott’s innocence but also indicted in recent weeks that a decision on the matter was imminent.

Now with the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend – involving Jones and the Cowboys – over with, the league could act quickly on a decision concerning a possible Elliott suspension.