The organization is hoping that he avoids suspension stemming from a 2015 domestic violence incident with his former girlfriend.
After all, Elliott has played one full NFL season, participated in the Pro Bowl, and completed offseason conditioning. Plus, Columbus prosecutors aren’t even bringing charges against him.
Nevertheless, Commissioner Roger Goodell has shown that he’s more than capable of issuing a late suspension (see Deflate-Gate). And a recent report suggests that Elliott could face suspension.
Let’s discuss this report below along with how a potential Elliott suspension will impact the Cowboys’ 2017 odds.
Evidence Mounting for a Possible Elliott Suspension
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “there’s a growing sense” that the Dallas running back will at least miss a few games.
“I think there’s a growing sense that he could face some sort of short suspension here in the coming weeks. Once the NFL wraps up its investigation.”
He added, “It’s not over yet. But it is definitely far along into the process. Zeke Elliott still has to respond to the NFL’s recent findings. The NFL has given some report. And at some point in the coming weeks, Zeke Elliott will respond to the NFL’s report.”
Elliott is “Bracing” for Suspension
While nothing is given now, even Elliott must think that there’s some chance he’ll miss time this season.
“I think that Elliott is bracing for a short suspension here in the coming weeks,” said Schefter. “And we’ll see how that impacts the season. Keep in mind that the Dallas Cowboys open with the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos.”
Schefter continued, “There’s a chance he could miss maybe one, both of those games. But again, the NFL has not made any final determinations. It’s still going through its investigation … But again, I think there’s a growing sense that Zeke Elliott is going to face some sort of discipline. And it very well could include a short suspension.”
Elliott Unhappy about Pace of NFL’s Investigation
Elliott spoke with the Forth Worth Star-Telegram about the possible suspension.
And he would like to see this matter wrapped up sooner than later.
“I do want closure,” he said. “I do. I would rather them not drag it on as long. I think if there was something to find, which there’s not, they would’ve found it by now. The police did a very thorough investigation.
“I will tell you this. It just seems like they’re dragging their feet right now. Who knows, man? I just want it to end.”
How would Elliott’s Suspension Compare to Josh Brown Last Year
Last year, New York Giants kicker Josh Brown served a 1-game suspension amid documented evidence that he abused his wife. And there was league and public outcry for the weak discipline.
Given that Elliott isn’t even being charged in his case, it’s hard to draw a parallel here. That said, will the NFL suspend him at all for an incident that occurred in college?
Or will they come down hard on Elliott to make up for the botched handling of Brown’s case?
Elliott’s Bar Altercation could Weigh In
Zeke Elliott hasn’t exactly laid low leading up to a possible suspension. According to Mike Fisher, from 105.3 The Fan, the Pro Bowler was involved in an incident at Dallas’ Clutch Bar.
Speaking on Facebook Life, Fisher said that somebody was punched, police were called, and an ambulance came to the bar. Fisher didn’t say if Elliott threw the punch(es).
Schefter said that police made a statement “regarding the Sunday night altercation that involved Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott.”
The statement fails to mention Elliott, and it doesn’t say if any arrests have been made. But a 30-year-old man was assaulted and taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The Dallas Police Department is currently investigating the matter.
Dallas 2017 Odds & Impact of Elliott Suspension
Currently, our GTBets book has Dallas’ odds as follows:
Cowboys Winning Super Bowl: +1000
Cowboys Winning NFC Championship: +500
Cowboys Winning NFC East: +140
Obviously these don’t take into account Elliott’s potential suspension because it hasn’t happened yet. But if Elliott were to be suspended – as reporters believe could happen – it would impact the Cowboys’ chances.
As Schefter reported, Dallas faces the Giants and @Broncos to open the regular season. These are already tough games, let alone when you don’t have your star running back.
The road doesn’t get any easier because Dallas also faces: Green Bay (Oct. 8), @Washington (Oct 29), Kansas City (Nov 5), @Atlanta (Nov 12), @NY Giants (Dec 10), @Oakland (Dec 17), and Seattle (Dec 24).
In all, Dallas faces playoff teams 8 times over the regular season. And this includes an away date with the defending NFC champion Falcons.
Things will already be difficult enough for the Cowboys. So if a suspension comes, they’ll be hoping for a one gamer.
A 1-game suspension would’t devastate Dallas’ odds. But a 2-game suspension could create the realistic chance that the Cowboys lose their first two games. And once this happens, it’s very difficult to make the playoffs.