Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be suspended by Wednesday, according to Pro Football Hall of Famer and FS1 analyst Cris Carter.
Carter appeared on FS1’s Undisputed on Monday after host Skip Bayless teased that the former Pro Bowl wide receiver would provide “inside information” on Elliott’s case.
Carter said that he would be “shocked” if Elliott wasn’t suspended within 48 hours of the show’s initial broadcast and predicts that “information will come out.” The former Vikings star also acknowledged speculation that Elliott’s delayed suspension could have been a way to avoid taking away attention from the recent Hall of Fame enshrinement of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, which he denied was the case given the NFL’s timetable for suspensions.
“Contrary to what Jerry is hearing, I’ve heard that we shouldn’t be surprised, especially after you’ve played this extra preseason game, now people will try to say because Jerry was being inducted into the Hall, well maybe the league didn’t want a suspension or a ruling to come out during the Hall of Fame week,” Carter said. “That really has nothing to do with it. If you look at the starting DB for the Atlanta Falcons, Jalen Collins, he just got suspended. This is really kind of when the league starts.
“That fifth preseason game for Hall of Fame week, but this is really the four weeks, now for me in the next 48 hours, I would be shocked if Zeke was not suspended because based on the information that’s going to come out it’s going to be fairly easy to determine that something happened with this woman in her four days with Zeke. I mean, this is purely assault or domestic violence.”
A woman claiming to be Elliott’s ex-girlfriend filed a police report in Columbus, Ohio on July 22,2016 — which is exactly one year prior to when the Cowboys begin training camp on Saturday — alleging the running back assaulted her over a span of several days, which launched the league’s investigation.
Elliott was never arrested and the local authorities declined to file charges, claiming that there was conflicting and inconsistent information involved with the incident.
Elliott complied with NFL investigators during his rookie season and expressed his frustration in the league’s continued probing, a feeling also expressed by his attorney and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
However, the league also looked into an incident that took place in February 2016 in Florida, where Elliott was training for the 2016 NFL Draft, in which a woman alleged the running back pushed her up against a wall.
Last month, the Cowboys signed veteran running back Ronnie Hillman on Thursday, which may reveal that the team has concerns about the NFL’s decision on star running back Ezekiel Elliott, according to Adam Schefter.
According to NFL.com, the Players Association recently filed to the league a response that the union, Elliott and his representatives hope will answer any remaining questions about his alleged involvement into the year-long investigation.