Ezekiel Elliott is a bit out of the box at times — some would say out of the kettle — but his latest move has got to be turning some heads down in Dallas.
Unfortunately for both Elliott and the Cowboys, Elliott is back on suspension after an injunction to stay his suspension was denied. That means that despite the Cowboys’ three-game win streak, Elliott won’t be seeing the field for some time.
That’s terrible news for Dallas as it heads into the back end of the season, but Elliott seems to be taking the news even worse.
According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Elliott is actually leaving the country and going someplace where people can’t find him. While there, he’ll apparently be working on his mind as well as training:
That’s a strange move from Elliott but it’s hard to deny that there’s been noise buzzing around him ever since he entered the NFL. He’s as talented as they come but he’s also opened himself up to plenty of criticism.
“So what is on the docket for Zeke Elliott himself? I am told he is leaving the country to an undisclosed location to completely reset, clear his head, train, and come back in late December for the Cowboys in the best shape he has been in,” Rapoport said.
Zeke’s ability to stay in shape is a sneaky under-the-radar storyline to his suspension. The running back has famously taken a few weeks in each of his first two NFL seasons to get into game-shape, not rounding into full form until after a few games.
Elliott has a court date on December 1st, and if all goes well during that he should be able to get back on the field for the Cowboys with just only missing four weeks. If he has to serve his entire six-game suspension, though, he’ll be out until Christmas Eve, the day the Cowboys play the Seahawks.