Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said over the weekend that the NFL should be close to determining whether Ezekiel Elliott will face discipline for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
“They have had their hearing and they have had all of the responses,” , “so everything is in place to make a decision.”
That decision won’t come yet, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday afternoon. Pelissero said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is waiting for four outside advisers who attended Elliott’s meeting to finish work.
Jones said this weekend he “certainly [doesn’t] have any idea what day” the decision will come but the background was done.
“But I know the investigation and all the work there is, I would say, is pretty complete, or they wouldn’t have had a hearing,’ he said, .
He also said in a radio interview last week that a decision was “imminent.”
The Cowboys travel to Canton on Wednesday to play in Thursday’s Hall of Fame preseason game. Jones will then be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor on Saturday.
Throughout the 13-month investigation, Jones has remained adamant that no evidence of domestic abuse has been uncovered. But in recent months Elliott has publicly groped a woman during a St. Patrick’s Day parade and, sources said, was involved in a bar fight.
Police suspended the investigation into that altercation when repeated attempts to contact the alleged victim were unsuccessful.
surrounding Elliott when the Cowboys signed running back Ronnie Hillman to their roster on Thursday for insurance:
“This isn’t a sign that the Cowboys expect the NFL to hand down a ruling before the week is done,” Moore wrote Thursday. “Club officials have no idea when that hits.
“But keep this in mind: Why would the NFL keep its investigation into Elliott open for 13 months, then decide to drop the bad news in the days leading up to the Hall of Fame induction? The league doesn’t want to detract from that event with a competing narrative, especially with owner Jerry Jones on the enshrinement list. The most likely scenario is that commissioner Roger Goodell issues his decision later in the preseason.”
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