In an investigation that has spanned almost a year, the NFL appears to be closing in on some sort of resolution involving Elliott and a possible violation of the league's personal conduct policy. The investigation is ongoing but the NFL is still waiting to hear back from Elliott, who has not responded to the league's latest findings.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, there is a growing sense that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could face a one-to-two game suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident from previous year. While he was never charged with a crime, the NFL is still investigating the situation and, if it is proven that Elliott is indeed guilty of domestic violence, he could be suspended by the league.
Earlier this year, Elliott told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he was frustrated by the pace of the investigation. She was later identified as his girlfriend at that particular time.
Rumors about behavior have chased Elliott since before Dallas made him the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. She alleged Elliott attacked her while they were in a auto.
Four witnesses said they didn't see an assault take place, and the running back did not face charges due to "conflicting and inconsistent information", according to ESPN.com's Jean-Jacques Taylor.
With Elliott potentially sidelined, it would likely be veteran Darren McFadden getting the starting nod.
Elliott is entering his second year after a banner rookie season.
Without accounting for a potential suspension, numberFire's models project Elliott for 1,456.6 rushing yards and 11.73 touchdowns on 304.9 carries, adding 472.8 receiving yards and 2.10 touchdowns on 50.2 catches in 2017.