Last year, the Cowboys made a bold move to draft a running back with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games Friday after a yearlong National Football League investigation of his domestic violence case in Ohio. As it stands, Elliott will be unable to play until Week 8 against the Redskins.
Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension.
The NFL Players Association said in a statement that it is reviewing the league's decision and has been in contact with Elliott and his representatives to consider their options.
Prosecutors decided not to charge Mr Elliott, but the league's inquiry found substantial evidence showing physical confrontations with his ex-girlfriend.
Elliott was determined to have violated the league's Personal Conduct Policy, the former Ohio State University player was informed Friday.
That leaves Rod Smith at tailback and Keith Smith, who primarily works at fullback, to handle significant snaps in practice and receive the bulk of the load in those early preseason games. He would be eligible to return to the active roster on October 23, following a game against San Francisco.
"(The alleged victim) stated that she had pain in her right wrist and a red mark, but declined medical treatment", an officer wrote in the report.
The woman told police Elliott assaulted her on five separate occasions over the course of a week in July 2016, according to the Columbus (Ohio) City Attorney's Office. Elliott's case has been under review for almost 13 months.
But when the Cowboys and Giants meet to open the regular season on September 10, Elliott will likely be on the sideline.
The NFL has long had a clear policy regarding the punishment for drug violations, but there was inconsistency surrounding the punishments for other offenses. "This is just pure assault or domestic violence". There was that time he exposed a woman's breast at a St. Patrick's Day parade (NSFW).