Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott 'surprised and disappointed' by National Football League suspension

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In a statement released late Friday night, Elliott said he was "surprised and disappointed" with the NFL's ruling and that he "strongly" disagrees with the investigation's findings. The Columbus city attorney's office decided last September that Elliott wouldn't face charges. "Although no arrests were made in either episode, the National Football League said that "[even] when a player is not charged with a crime, he may still be found to have violated the [personal conduct] policy if the credible evidence establishes that he engaged in conduct prohibited" by it. "The NFL, however, could investigate the matter on its own and pursue further action against Elliott-despite the running back having never been arrested or charged in the incident-if enough evidence is collected and Elliott is found to be responsible for the punch".

"Obviously we know this was something that could happen", Jones said of Elliott's suspension, per 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

The league also noted an incident during a St. Patrick's Day parade in Dallas this year, when Elliott pulled down a woman's shirt, exposing and touching her breast. Elliott & his reps are "extremely disappointed".

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Ezekiel Elliott posted a statement Friday evening in which he apologized for causing "distraction and disruption".

Elliott has 72 hours to appeal the suspension, and he is expected to do so. If the suspension holds up, Elliott wouldn't be eligible to play in the regular season until October 29 when the Cowboys play the Washington Redskins.

Before the next four preseason games get under way on Saturday, here is a look at the two players vying for the third-string quarterback spot for the Cowboys during the 2017 season - that is, if the Cowboys decide to keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

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