Stephen Jones: Cowboys support Ezekiel Elliott, believe in backups


Elliott, 22, is accused by former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson of five domestic assault incidents in July 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, and has been under National Football League investigation, although the city attorney's office already announced he will not face criminal charges. 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.

The suspension was nearly for sure going to happen, but many believed that it is going to be two games tops.

Thoughts on the value of Elliot and others as a result of the suspension?

With the news of this coming down and the likelihood of having the suspension reduced or dropped to be slim, the Cowboys will have to move forward.

If the offensive line doesn't rapidly rise, though, it might not matter. The tackle position was his more natural college position, but his below-average performance at guard isn't too encouraging.

With the Dallas Cowboys' playmaking stars all sitting this one out, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams' more modest collection of offensive talent got just enough done to win their preseason opener. I like the way Darren ran tonight. He led the National Football League with 1,631 rushing yards while adding 15 rushing touchdowns and 32 receptions for 363 yards and another score. This is where it gets tricky for re-draft purposes.

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The six-game ban is the penalty for first-time offenders of the league's new domestic violence policy.

The Cowboys and Rams both have young players who have to step up immediately. But that doesn't mean you come off your standard of what you stand for. The Cowboys, with Prescott and Elliott prospering as rookies, won the division and secured the top NFC postseason seed last season. Dak is a talented quarterback and with weapons such as Dez Bryant, and two incredible slot receivers in Cole "Beasles" Beasley and rookie wideout Ryan Switzer from the University of North Carolina. Unfortunately, the ball wasn't bouncing Dallas's way much last night, and the Rams actually managed to benefit from their first fumble of the game. He is projected to drop from a lock 1st round pick to all the way in the 3rd-6th rounds which is insane.

"I would love to have a Gonzaga basketball team, where everybody complements each other and some days it's one person and some days it's another".

To Elliott fantasy owners: Panic!

The Cowboys didn't do well overall in the last preseason, as they went just 1-3 before the regular season, and bounced back to go 13-3 overall when it counted.