With a possible suspension looming for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Cris Carter believes Zeke could be banned for multiple weeks.
After posting an impressive 13-3 record last season, due in large part to rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leading the NFL in rushing, it’s hard to imagine the Dallas Cowboys having similar success this upcoming season without Zeke in the backfield.
But according to one Hall of Fame player with alleged sources close to the situation, the Cowboys might have to play multiple games without Elliott due to a suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Elliott has been under investigation by the NFL for over a year now due to an alleged domestic violence incident from last July. A final decision, and a possible suspension, is expected to come from the league within the next two weeks.
Former Minnesota Viking wide receiver and NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter believes, based on the information he’s seen and heard, that Elliott will be suspended by the league for several games this upcoming season.
"“I would be shocked if [Elliott] wasn’t suspended,” Carter told Colin Cowherd on his FS1 show, The Herd on Thursday. “Based on all the information, a couple sources close to the situation. I think it’s going to come down…what is the suspension for domestic violence? That being six games. I think the Cowboys are going to miss him for multiple weeks to start out the season. I would be more shocked if he wasn’t suspended.”"
Carter’s information is much different than the news coming out of Cowboys camp, which includes Dallas’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones adamantly defending Elliott late last month, saying that the evidence he’s seen had absolutely nothing to do with domestic violence.
And Carter’s multiple game prediction also flies in the face of a report by ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, where the longtime NFL reporter believed Elliott was bracing for a short suspension, something in the one to two game range.
Regardless, all of this is pure speculation until the league actually hands down it’s final verdict. Although, if you had to chose one person to believe it might be Jerry Jones. As the most influential owner in the entire NFL, it’s likely he’d know everything he needed to know about his team and it’s biggest star.
If Ezekiel Elliott does indeed receive a suspension in the coming weeks, it will undoubtedly be appealed. But it will also likely mean the Dallas Cowboys would have to look to veterans like Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris to fill Zeke’s void until his return. It would also put a lot more pressure on second-year quarterback Dak Prescott to win games if Dallas’ rushing attack stalls at any point without Elliott.