Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today by the NFL that he will be suspended without pay for the team's first six 2017 regular-season games for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy.
The suspension comes after the NFL's year-long investigation into allegations of domestic violence against Elliott made by an ex-girlfriend and other off-field incidents.
Schefter also reported on Friday that Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension. Any ruling would be considered binding.
Last season, the 22 year old has dominated the National Football League with 1631 yards on the ground, adding 15 touchdowns. In a worst-case scenario for the Cowboys, Elliott could be suspended for the playoffs if the hearing occurs later in the season and the suspension is upheld. Six games has been the league's standard for a domestic violence punishment.
Elliott has three days to appeal this decision.
Dallas Cowboys' running back, Ezekiel Elliott, took to Twitter to voice his disapproval against a six-game suspension by the NFL. Elliott would be able to play while he appeals. Elliott was allegedly involved in a fight at a bar in July.
According to Schefter, the league went through text messages and retained medical and legal experts to help commissioner Roger Goodell make his decision. McFadden, a Heisman runner-up during his Arkansas days, gained 1,089 yards for the Cowboys in 2015 but missed much of last season with an elbow fracture.
The investigation heard evidence from numerous witnesses, including Elliott's former girlfriend and Elliott himself. He was video recorded pulling a woman's top down at a St. Patrick's Day parade in March.