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Stephen Jones: Zeke ban won't affect preseason snaps

Stephen Jones: Zeke ban won't affect preseason snaps

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones expressed support for running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended six games Friday, but also said the team believes in replacements Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith. The NFL's domestic violence policy even notes that a second domestic violence incident will result in "banishment" from the league, with the possibility of applying for reinstatement after one year.

"I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL's decision today, and I strongly disagree with the League's findings", Elliott said in the statement.

Since news of the suspension broke Friday, Elliott and his representatives have vowed to appeal the NFL's ruling.

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- Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 11, 2017Elliott & reps statement: "In the coming weeks. a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light". The Cowboys have not announced whether Elliott will play at all during the preseason. The investigation began in July 2016 and Elliott has since been in two auto accidents, was spotted pulling down a woman' top at a St. Patrick's Day parade and was involved in an alleged incident at a Dallas nightclub. "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. "The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it "cherry picks" so-called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence". 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.

Dallas will look to get familiar with the running backs they will start the season with. "At the same time, we understand the very, very, very serious nature of domestic violence, certainly that people should be held accountable if that takes place".

Elliott has 72 hours to appeal the suspension, and he is expected to do so. The proceedings over the league's punishment could then "drag out a long time", Robinson noted.


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