Ezekiel Elliott Drops Appeal, Accepting Six-Game Suspension

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Ezekiel Elliott leaving a federal courthouse in Manhattan after a hearing last week. He ended his appeal efforts on Wednesday.

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FRISCO, Tex. — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on Wednesday dropped his appeal of his six-game suspension over allegations of domestic violence.

Elliott served the first game of the suspension in Dallas’ loss to the Atlanta Falcons last weekend, so he will sit out the next all 5 games.

Elliott’s agents which his decision to end the appeal “can be in no way an admission of wrongdoing.” They said Elliott’s decision came by “a practical assessment of the current legal landscape.”

Elliott, the N.F.L.’s leading rusher last season, had a hearing at a United States Court of Appeals set for Dec. 1, four games into the suspension.

By accepting the six-game penalty, Elliott can be set to return for the Cowboys’ final two games of the regular season: Dec. 24 at home against Seattle along with also Dec. 31 at Philadelphia.

Elliott, 22, was suspended in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation which he had several physical confrontations within the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time. Prosecutors in Ohio did not pursue the case. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his N.F.L. appeal.

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