The Cowboys are bracing for Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, but that won't stop Dallas from playing their star running back during the preseason. He can play in preseason games and practice until September 2, regardless of the outcome of the appeal.
"Obviously we know this was something that could happen", Jones said of Elliott's suspension, per 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. With Dak Prescott being the starting quarterback, always remember he was the third-string option last season at the start of training camp.
Despite never being charged over the 2016 incident, Elliott has received a six-game ban, found in breach of the league's Personal Conduct Policy.
A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter Elliott is "ready for a long battle", with the National Football League as he looks to appeal his six-game ban.
"I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL's decision today, and I strongly disagree with the League's findings", the statement read.
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Ezekiel Elliott posted a statement Friday evening in which he apologized for causing "distraction and disruption". At the time, Elliott was a new member of the Cowboys, having been drafted fourth overall following a stellar career at Ohio State.
Dallas will look to get familiar with the running backs they will start the season with.
Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported that Elliott "is willing to take this whole suspension appeal through courts if he has to". Elliott's suspension is just the latest in a long list of Cowboys off-field woes during the summer.
The former Ohio State Buckeye led the National Football League in rushing last season with 1,631 yards in addition to 15 touchdowns.