National Football League suspends Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott for six games

The 2016 Rookie of the Year is planning on appealing the suspension, according to his representatives.

The league revised its personal conduct policy in 2014 following sharp criticism of a case involving former Baltimore running back Ray Rice. Apparently, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been waiting to for those four advisers to complete their review of the case before handing out any possible punishment.

The NFL released a statement on Friday in regards to the situation.

The Cowboys and Elliott have been steadfast in their insistence that Elliott did nothing wrong and will not be suspended, but the rest of the National Football League ecosystem seems to agree that some form of ban is coming his way (this includes the betting markets).

Elliott has been sanctioned after an investigation of the league, which was searched on its recent past for more than a year. By being the subject of disciplinary action from the league, Elliott also will have to pay back some of his signing bonus of $16.35 million - about $1.44 million.

Elliott has three days to appeal the decision.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has been reporting since last October that Elliott could face a suspension.

"League investigators examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages and other records of electronic communications", it continued.

The league has been investigating Elliott for a serious of domestic violence complaints for more than a year. After finishing 13-3, winning the NFC East and reaching the divisional round last season, the Cowboys will have to rely on Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris while Elliott is out. And in July, he was involved in an altercation at a Dallas nightclub during which a DJ's nose was broken. He also added 363 yards through the air.

  • Stacy Allen