Sus­pen­sion took El­liott by sur­prise

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL -

Dal­las run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott, sus­pended by the NFL for the first six games this sea­son af­ter a year­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion in which the league con­cluded that he in­jured his for­mer girl­friend in three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents last sum­mer, said “I strongly dis­agree with the league’s find­ings.”

El­liott posted a state­ment on his ver­i­fied Twit­ter ac­count, say­ing he was “both sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed” by the NFL’s ac­tion. He said he was “sin­cerely sorry” for the dis­trac­tion and dis­rup­tion he has caused for the Cow­boys and his fam­ily.

El­liott, the league’s lead­ing rusher as a rookie last sea­son, has three days to ap­peal the rul­ing. While he made no di­rect ref­er­ence to an ap­peal in his state­ment, his le­gal team did in a sep­a­rate state­ment.

If Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell’s rul­ing stands, El­liott would not be el­i­gi­ble to play un­til Week 8 at Wash­ing­ton. At least three other Cow­boys will be sus­pended when the de­fend­ing NFC East cham­pi­ons start the sea­son in a month: Randy Gre­gory will miss the en­tire reg­u­lar sea­son for mul­ti­ple vi­o­la­tions of the NFL’s sub­stance-abuse pol­icy, and fel­low de­fen­sive ends David Irv­ing (per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs) and Da­mon­tre Moore (sub­stance abuse) must sit out four and two games, re­spec­tively.

Mar­i­ota re­turns

Ten­nes­see quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota played his first game since break­ing his right leg late last sea­son, throw­ing three times and run­ning once in his two firstquar­ter se­ries dur­ing a 7-3 loss to the New York Jets in the teams’ pre­sea­son opener at East Ruther­ford, N.J. Jour­ney­man Josh McCown started and threw for the game’s only touch­down in his one se­ries for the Jets, whose quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion is mud­dled as usual.

Etc.

The Den­ver Broncos ap­par­ently dodged a huge hit to their bat­tered de­fen­sive line when they learned that de­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe’s right an­kle in­jury ap­pears to be only a sprain, less se­ri­ous than first thought . . . . Mi­ami placed Ryan Tan­nehill on sea­son-end­ing in­jured re­serve, a day af­ter an­nounc­ing the quar­ter­back would have surgery for a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his left knee . . . . Wash­ing­ton put line­backer Trent Mur­phy, its top draft pick in 2014, on in­jured re­serve with a torn ACL in his left knee suf­fered Thurs­day dur­ing the pre­sea­son opener against Bal­ti­more . . . . Tampa Bay waived kicker Roberto Aguayo ,a 2016 sec­ond-round pick who missed an ex­tra point and a 47-yard field-goal try Fri­day against Cincin­nati, and awarded the job to veteran Nick Folk.

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