Elliott has three days to file an appeal of the suspension, which he is expected to do.
The suspension will most certainly draw the ire of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has consistently maintained that he has seen all the evidence and believed the league had no cause to suspend Elliott for domestic violence or any the issues. The Cowboys open the season on September 10 against the Giants, who most think have the best chance to unseat Dallas atop the NFC East.
Last year, Elliott was the No. 2 Fantasy running back behind Johnson with 322 carries for 1,631 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns and 32 catches for 363 yards and one touchdown.
"League investigators interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Ms. Thompson, and examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages and other records of electronic communications", the NFL's missive explains. Thompson lied when she accused Elliott of yanking her out of a auto and even asked a friend to lie for her and corroborate her story. Randle was suspended four games.
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As a result of the suspension, Elliott goes from numberFire's RB3 overall to RB11 for the 2017 season.
Elliott was also named to the Pro Bowl.
If Elliott serves the entire suspension, he will be eligible to return to the team October 29, when the Cowboys travel to play the Redskins. A broken elbow effectively sidelined him for all of last season. Smith has been taking turns as the third tailback in the early part of training camp.
Per spotrac.com, Elliott stands to lose $93,000 salary plus a possible $240,000 in signing bonus for each game he misses.