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Ezekiel Elliott suspension appears imminent

By: Matt Bonesteel, The Washington Post
August 11, 2017 Updated: August 11, 2017 at 7:44 am
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott walks on the field prior to the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game in Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The 48-hour deadline Cris Carter promised Monday on FS1 has come and gone, but according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the NFL indeed plans to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott sometime in the very near future.

"It may come Friday, it could be bumped into next week," Florio wrote late Thursday night, adding that he has one league source telling him that the suspension is "definite," though he doesn't say how long the punishment will last.

Ross Tucker, a former NFL player who now does radio and podcasts, has a source who says Elliott's suspension might be longer than anticipated.

Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reported late Thursday that the NFL has completed the paperwork involved with the investigation and will issue its ruling Friday. He has long predicted that Elliott will be suspended for at least two games.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport adds that, whatever the NFL decides, it will include some sort of suspension. Elliott and the Cowboys will undoubtedly appeal the punishment if they feel it's too long.

The NFL reportedly is looking into an "accumulation of behaviors" involving Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing yards and attempts during his rookie season in 2016. Elliott's ex-girlfriend accused him of five incidents of domestic violence over a six-day period in July 2016, though prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, declined to press charges because of "conflicting and inconsistent information" from witnesses. The woman, Tiffany Thompson, also had accused Elliott of pushing her against a wall during a February 2016 incident in Florida. No charges were brought in that case, as well.

Then, in March, Elliott was filmed pulling down a woman's shirt, exposing one of her breasts, while watching a St. Patrick's Day parade in Dallas. And in July, he was involved in an altercation at a Dallas nightclub during which a DJ's nose was broken. Dallas police eventually suspended the investigation after they were unable to locate the victim.

Speaking Tuesday on FS1, Carter alleged that Elliott also could be punished for destroying evidence needed for the investigation, much like Tom Brady was punished over Deflategate.

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