Adam Schefter reports that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott officially has appealed his six-game suspension and a hearing will be scheduled within the next 10 days.
The NFL officially handed down the six-game ban last week, but it’s been pretty clear that Elliott was going to fight this in the court system, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Elliott is accused of five incidents of domestic violence that took place over over the course of a six-day period in July 2016.
If Elliott serves the full six-game suspension, he would miss games against Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, Packers and 49ers.
Joel Corry points out that Elliott’s $8,156,274 of salary guarantees would go away if his suspension is upheld.
Elliott, 21, was taken with the No. 4 overall pick by the Cowboys back in May. He signed four-year contract worth $24,956,342, which includes a signing bonus of $16,350,068.
Elliott stands to make base salaries of $1.58 million (2017), $2.71 million (2018), and $3.85 million (2019) over the remainder of the contract. The agreement also includes a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2019.
In 2016, Elliott has appeared in 16 games for the Cowboys and rushed for 1,631 yards on 322 carries (5.1 YPC) to go along with 32 receptions for 363 yards receiving and 16 total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 running back out of 62 qualifying players.