Stephen Jones: Cowboys support Ezekiel Elliott, believe in backups

In addition to the allegation of domestic violence from 2016, the letter references a March 11 incident where Elliott was seen in Dallas pulling down a woman's shirt and touching her breast.

If the NFL determines that there is enough evidence that Elliott was responsible for the punch, there is a chance the Cowboys running back could face further league discipline.

Elliott released a statement on Twitter disagreeing with the suspension. The threat from the league means that Elliott needs to stay out of trouble. He can play in preseason games and practice until September 2, regardless of the outcome of the appeal.

According to Brandon George of SportsDay, the league could still investigate a July 16 incident at a Dallas bar that allegedly involved Elliott, as well as a man having his nose broken by a punch. However, the letter explains, a player can still be found to have violated the NFL's personal conduct policy even if he hasn't been charged with a crime. Sources have described him as "upset" about commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Elliott. "The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it "cherry picks" so-called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence". If his ban is not overturned, he will have to sit out the Cowboys' first six games and will not be able to practice with the team or use its facilities until the suspension ends.

Dallas will look to get familiar with the running backs they will start the season with. "At the same time, we understand the very, very, very serious nature of domestic violence, certainly that people should be held accountable if that takes place".

Elliott will be appealing the suspension and will have the full support of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones throughout the process. The proceedings over the league's punishment could then "drag out a long time", Robinson noted.

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