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What to Make of Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Rumors

Jess Haynie



Ezekiel Elliott

As you've likely heard already, there are rumors floating over the last 24 hours about Ezekiel Elliott facing a minor suspension in 2017. While we at Inside The Star don't put much stock in the rumors at this time, it's out there and we need to take a look at it.

While nothing has come from the NFL or the Dallas Cowboys about Elliott missing games, those good ol' "sources" are citing Zeke's alleged domestic violence incident from 2016 as the basis for the suspension.  The NFL has been investigating this matter for almost a year now with no reported updates.

Ezekiel Elliott

RB Ezekiel Elliott

The first ripples in the water started Thursday evening with this Tweet from actor and sports enthusiast Michael Rapaport, who does work with Barstool Sports and has appeared many times on podcasts and other media with "The Sports Guy" Bill Simmons.

MichaelRapaport on Twitter

Sources are telling Zeke Elliot getting suspended for weed & Melo trade is going down today.

While it appears Michael was wrong on both fronts, it's interesting that his tweet came just hours before the Elliott rumors really got cooking. How marijuana got into the picture is unknown, but perhaps the source heard about a Cowboys player being suspended and just assumed it would be weed-related. Given Dallas' recent history, that wouldn't be the worst guess.

Things really heated up when the rumors started being reported yesterday by ESPN's Adam Schefter and other more established NFL news breakers. Now domestic violence and the ongoing investigation entered the picture.

The NFL's domestic violence and personal conduct policies make this a much bigger concern than a drug suspension. Even without a court finding or filed charges, the NFL can still suspend a player if they simply believe something happened. We saw this happen with Greg Hardy just two years ago.

According to ESPN, Elliott is preparing for the worst. With how long things have dragged on, there's a sense that the NFL is desperate to pin something on one of the brightest stars from its most popular franchise. What better way to send a message:

"Here, watch us drop the hammer on a superstar running back. That makes up for what happened with the other running back a few years ago, right? Right?!"

To be fair, the NFL may have some form of evidence that will eventually have a lot of us eating crow. But it's hard to fathom why the league would just keep sitting on any concrete evidence about domestic violence. The only reason I can come up with is that they don't want to repeat the botched handling of Ray Rice, passing one sentence and then having to revise it when new information was made public.

Many Cowboys fans and analysts, including this site, are skeptical. One noted Cowboys reporter made it clear, with these and many other comments yesterday, how he feels:

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

ALERT: Source tells @1053thefan the #Cowboys front office 'is not aware' of a coming @EzekielElliott suspension. Monitoring ...

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

It would also explain why @AdamSchefter report has more 'coulds,' 'almosts,' 'maybes,' 'kindas' & 'ifs' than my college dating life.

As we all know, NFL media is desperate for things to report in the doldrums of early summer. While we're not saying that this Elliott story was totally manufactured, did something get blown way out of proportion in that hunger for content? Did a simple comment or speculation become "source" material?

The best thing to do right now, and really all we can do, is wait. Given all the smoke that's now been created, the league may be forced to conclude its investigation before the season starts in less than two months. They don't want to deal with the negative press of having still not resolved this.

What that resolution will mean for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys is our concern at this moment, but let's be clear; we're giving Zeke benefit of the doubt right now. We're giving him the supportive assumption of innocence based on a current lack of evidence and the questionable credibility of his accuser.

If domestic violence is actually proven, and rumors turn into facts, then things change. But the NFL's poor handling of past issues, and the ever-desperate nature of NFL media during these summer months, make them the less believable parties at this time.

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

  • StupidPeopleCrackMeUp

    NFL should’ve been taken care of this situation but now want to wait for the season to start and still can’t give us a definite answer..if there is no proof after all this investigating leave this man alone and let him play football #DC4L

  • Mauricio Rodriguez

    Man, we miss football through all of the offseason and we long for NFL news. But I appreciate more having no news at this point. No news is good news.
    The NFL is either hunting Zeke or doing him a favor by scaring him. If I had to guess, I think they are trying to suspend him though.

    • John Williams

      Yeah, my hope is that this is a scare tactic.

  • ThePsychodad69

    Here’s a link to all the police reportstexts from her friends phone…

    Basically her “Gravy Train” was over and she didn’t like it.

    If he gets suspended, every swinging duck in the NFL will be at risk to blackmail. Just remember fellas, psychos come in all shapes and sizes. Anyone remember Steve McNair?

    • Don

      I just read the report you posted. This even makes the NFL look even worse for not wrapping this up already.

  • fgoodwin

    All we have is speculation so far and darn few facts.

    So let me add to the speculation: I think Zeke is paying for the price for the NFL’s lack of due diligence in the Ray Rice case. The NFL doesn’t want a repeat of that episode, so they are dragging this out as long as possible to give the appearance they are “doing something”.

    I don’t condone domestic violence in any way, but this “investigation” sure looks like a fishing expedition to me.

  • Don

    Well I aired my thoughts on this yesterday on Sean Martins story and his wasn’t even about Zeke. This NFL investigation is pure bogus BS and a joke. If they can’t scrounge up something in over a year to fuel their reasons for discipline then there must not be anything there. The police found nothing and if this is all because of their Ray Rice botching those are totally different situations with video and arrests. Move on…

  • John Williams

    I usually trust Fish when it comes to stuff like this. While a lot of people tend to overreact and freak out a bit when it comes to suspensions, Fish goes to the source and gets the info.

    His tweets make the most sense to me.

    I get it that the NFL has to protect it’s public image, but it seems to me that they go to far sometimes.

    As one person said, maybe it was Marcus Mosher, they may end up with a big race issue on their hands if Elliott gets more of a suspension than Josh Brown from the Giants.

    The fact that a suspension is even being discussed at this point seems ridiculous. Though they don’t need proof that he broke the law to act in the best interest of the league. Just silly that the union will let them get away with it.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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