Ezekiel Elliott Suspended – Where To Draft Him, Darren McFadden, And Alfred Morris
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Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games and it will dramatically change his value and that of Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. Last week, I explored what exactly Jacquizz Rodgers was worth as the presumed starter with Doug Martin suspended for three games. In doing so, it helped to have Le’Veon Bell from last season as a case study, when he was suspended for the first three games. Now that Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for the first six weeks of the season, it becomes unclear what he, Darren McFadden, and Alfred Morris are now worth.
EZEKIEL ELLIOTTElliott is expected to appeal the suspension within the three business days he has to do so, and a hearing will be scheduled within ten days of that.
There is still quite a bit of time before the regular season begins, and a reduction in games suspended to resolve the appeal could come quickly. Bell was initially suspended on July 22nd, and his reduction in games came down on August 20th. Of course, he was suspended for four games under the substance abuse policy. Elliott is suspended for six because his punishment falls under the domestic violence part of the personal conduct policy. The only example we really have to glean from similar to Elliott, following that policy being put in place as a response to criticism over the league’s handling of Ray Rice, is Greg Hardy. Hardy was suspended on April 22nd, 2015 for ten games under a different policy, conduct detrimental to the league because his incident took place before that policy went into effect. It was reduced to four games on July 10th following his appeal.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to appeal 6-game suspension, per sources. Has three business days to file appeal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2017