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Ezekiel Elliott bracing for a suspension

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The Dallas Cowboys running back, who almost a year ago learned he wouldn't face criminal charges for domestic violence, is "bracing for a short suspension", ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday.

The basis for this investigation appears to be two separate claims of assault against the Cowboys' running back by the same OH woman last season. Zeke Elliott still has to respond to the NFL's recent findings.

Back when he introduced the league's new domestic violence policy, Goodell said first-time offenders would receive a six-game ban.

The allegation against Ezekiel Elliott came from an incident past year in Columbus, Ohio, when a woman identified as Elliott's girlfriend at the time claimed that the running back assaulted her while they sat in a auto together, Bleacher Report noted.

A short suspension certainly wouldn't reach as far as Week 9, and even if Schefter is wrong and the investigation turns up hard evidence, it's unlikely that Elliot would have to miss more than a half season.

ESPN reported there were no criminal charges filed because of "conflicting and inconsistent information". She says she's Elliott ex-girlfriend, although he claims they were just friends.

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. His performance past year garnered him Pro Bowl and All-Pro First Team honors.

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