Ezekiel Elliot could have to sit vs. Kansas City Chiefs

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Ezekiel Elliott
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Ezekiel Elliott /

The six-game suspension handed down to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot could affect his ability to play versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ezekiel Elliot continues to fight the six-game suspension originally handed to him before this NFL season for allegations of domestic violence. However a recent court decision now makes it clear that the Dallas Cowboys running back might be on the verge of losing that fight and that the second-year star would be forced to serve out the suspension.

The entire fight is odd in the first place given the fact that Elliot has never been formally charged for anything at all. Typically an NFL franchise (or the league in general) will allow for the legal process to play out and then respond accordingly after seeing what the official charges are and what the punishment levied will be. Take, for instance, the Demetrius Harris arrest from this offseason for marijuana possession, a felony, that never once kept Harris from participating in the offseason activities or this season so far. There’s been no resolution or legal process played out, and the Chiefs have simply waited for any sort of action on their end—if there will be at all.

However for Elliot, the NFL acted of its own accord to send Elliot to the bench for an incredible six games. If he’d served that suspension early on, he would have been back after this Sunday and done with the time away. Instead, he’s going to have to miss future games, and if this court decision holds up, the Cowboys star might be suspended soon. If so, he’s likely to miss Dallas’ upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9.

For the Chiefs, the Cowboys game is in the midst of a gauntlet that forms the toughest part of a very difficult overall schedule. They face the Steelers this week and then on to the Oakland Raiders after a four-day turnaround, the Denver Broncos in Week 8 and then the Cowboys. From there, the Chiefs finally get a bye week.

Elliot is clearly affected by something this year, given that he’s only averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Without him, the Cowboys would turn to Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden.