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NFL Says Ezekiel Elliott Investigation Is Still “Active & Ongoing”

The NFL has told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that their domestic violence investigation into Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott is “active and ongoing.”

Florio mentions that the NFL is looking into five alleged incidents that occurred over a stretch of six days this past July and the alleged incident from back in February. According to Florio, it’s possible that Elliott could be punished separately for the February because “it could be used as an aggravating factor in the determination of the punishment to be imposed for whatever happened in July.”

Ultimately, Florio says that punishment for the February incident is unlikely to be handed down if the league determines that the July incidents aren’t worthy of discipline.

Florio brings up a good point which is that the NFL can essentially do whatever it wants in the case because there’s no jury or no beyond-a-reasonable-doubt standard, even though no criminal charges were never filed against Elliott.

The NFL’s investigation is obviously moving slowly, which leads Florio to believe any ruling from the league is unlikely to come until the offseason.

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. The contract also includes a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2019.

This season, Elliott has appeared in 12 games for the Cowboys and rushed for 1,285 yards on 233 carries (4.9 YPC) to go along with 28 receptions for 322 yards receiving and 13 total touchdowns.

We’ll have more regarding Elliott and the ongoing investigation as the news is available.