Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media are reporting that the NFLPA recently filed a final response that answers any lingering questions remaining in the NFL’s investigation of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott.
According to the report, investigatory part of the process is nearing completion and the NFL has shared its findings with the NFLPA, Elliott and his representatives.
However, it remains to be seen whether Elliott will be suspended or disciplined as part of this investigation and the NFL didn’t make a recommendation in the information they provided to the NFLPA one way or another.
The NFL’s investigation into allegations made by a woman claiming to be Elliott’s ex-girlfriend has taken over a year, but it appears as though a resolution could be coming at some point in the near future.
Adam Schefter of ESPN recently reported that there’s a “growing sense” Elliott could face a short suspension from the domestic violence incident that occurred back in 2016.
“The NFL is looking to pin something on him,” one source familiar with the investigation told Schefter.
Earlier in the week, the Dallas Police Department decided to suspend their investigation (NFLTR) of the late night incident involving Elliott because they cannot find the victim and witnesses are not cooperating.
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.
We’ll have more regarding Elliott and the ongoing investigation as the news is available.