After weeks of speculation, the NFL has finally doled out a ruling for an Ezekiel Elliott suspension.
Following morning reports that Elliott could be facing a hefty suspension, the NFL has followed through with their threat. Zeke will face a six game ban, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Elliott is being suspended for conduct detrimental to the league, including several events that reflected negatively on the former Ohio State Buckeye in his first year-plus in the NFL.
Cowboys' RB Ezekiel Elliott is being suspended 6 games, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2017
This is a huge hit to the Cowboys, who will now be forced to rely on the likes of Darren McFadden, a once-promising back who has dealt with several injury issues of his own.
This will place an even greater focus on the sophomore campaign of Dak Prescott, who will look to avoid a drop-off from his successful rookie year.
The NFL also released a statement confirming the suspension, and explaining their reasoning.
Zeke is expected to appeal his suspension, and who could blame him? In a similar situation in 2010, Ben Roethlisberger appealed his then-six game ban and had it reduced to four. Elliott's representatives will be looking for a similar result.
Regardless, for anyone who thought the NFL was executing a witch hunt without any real evidence to back up suspension claims, it appears they're acting on some genuine information and have come down ruthlessly.