The Dallas Cowboys have won six games in a row after losing the season opener, and they’re sitting on top of the NFC East with a 6-1 record. After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime on Sunday night, they have the best record in the NFC. Now, the Cowboys have a couple of obstacles in their path that may or may not cause issues. Some may not be that bad, but another could see running back Ezekiel Elliott face a lengthy suspension but Jerry Jones isn’t entirely sure.
Last night, rookie Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball 22 times for 96 yards and also had four receptions for 52 yards. In seven games this season, he has 799 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Add in 15 receptions for an additional 150 yards and the talented back almost has 1,000 total yards in the first half season of his career.
He’s honestly carving his name into the record books already and looking like a future legend.
Eric Dickerson, Ezekiel Elliott & Marshall Faulk!
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 30, 2016
Unfortunately, some off-the-field troubles are coming back to haunt him, as recently reported by the official website of the NFL. Elliott was recently interviewed by NFL investigators during the ongoing probe into allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend last summer.
It is an ongoing investigation that Pro Football Talk states has the full cooperation of his ex-girlfriend. She has stated that during the time of July 17 through July 22, 2016, she was abused by Elliott on five separate occasions. Elliott has denied ever abusing his ex-girlfriend.
In September, prosecutors chose not to charge Elliott in the case, but the NFL is still continuing their investigation.
“After reviewing the totality of the evidence, the City Attorney’s Office, Prosecutor Division is declining to approve criminal charges in this matter for any of the 5 alleged incidents. This is primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges.”
As the NFL investigation continues, Ezekiel Elliott appears to be cooperating as well by speaking to investigators and giving them any information they need. Elliott has spoken with Lisa Friel, the NFL official in charge of investigating the alleged allegations of the league’s personal code of conduct, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that to CBS Sports.
Jones said that the young running back had a “good discussion” and decided to not really say much more about the situation.
If the NFL determines that Elliott violated the league’s personal code of conduct, a ban or suspension could be forthcoming. Some of those bans can be quite lengthy, as has been seen with such names as former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice.
Jones does not believe that Elliott is going to have to worry about anything like that.
“People that have a lot more information than I have, have given him a total clean bill of health. I do know that all the real information that anybody has is that he doesn’t have an issue.”
Should Ezekiel Elliott have to deal with a ban or suspension of any kind, the Cowboys would suffer a hit, but they have some insurance in Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar. Darren McFadden is still on the roster but hasn’t played this season due to injuries.
Currently, the Dallas Cowboys aren’t just looking like playoff contenders but true contenders to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Even if Tony Romo doesn’t return to full form, they are having no problems with Dak Prescott at quarterback. The problem will come about if Ezekiel Elliott really does face a suspension, which could cause big trouble. However, Jerry Jones seems almost certain that no bad will come of this situation.
[Featured Image by Tom Pennington/Getty Images]