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Ezekiel Elliott will serve 6 game suspension after dropping appeal


On Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott dropped the appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

"In consultation with the NFL Players Assocation and his lawyers, and after careful deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr. Elliott has decided to forego any further appeals and will serve the remaining suspension.

"This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape. Mr. Elliott's desire for closure in this matter is in his best interests, as well as the best interests of his teammates, family and friends.

"This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by him and his team resulted in the disclosure of many hidden truths regarding this matter, as well public exposure of the NFL's mismanagement of its disciplinary process.

"Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come back even stronger both on and off the field. He intends to release a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we have no further comment," Elliott's agents, Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano, said in a statement.

In eight games, he has 783 yards on 191 carries and seven rushing touchdowns. In his absence, the Cowboys will go with a committee at running back with Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Darren McFadden.

In July 2016, a former girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence over multiple days in Columbus, Ohio. Although authorities in Ohio chose not to press charges against Elliott, the NFL conducted a 13-month investigation and on Aug. 11 announced it had persuasive evidence that Elliott committed domestic violence. This led to Elliott's six-game suspension.

Elliott has maintained his innocence throughout the process.

"When you get accused of something of that magnitude, you kind of get labeled as an abuser and that's not me," Elliott said last month. "That's not how I want to be seen. That's not what I want to represent to my family. So I mean it's just important for me to fight."

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