Timeline of Elliott’s problems.
Off-field problems mar running back’s achievements on the gridiron
A review of running back Ezekiel Elliott’s eventful career so far with the Cowboys:
April 28, 2016: Draft night
The Cowboys select Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick of the NFL draft, the highest pick the club has spent on a running back since No. 2 Tony Dorsett in 1977.
July 22, 2016: Ohio incident
An Ohio woman files two police reports on Elliott's 21st birthday alleging Elliott abused her during multiple incidents. Elliott is not arrested. The Cowboys make it clear they will support Elliott.
Aug. 26, 2016: Pot shop
Elliott visits a marijuana dispensary in Seattle before his first preseason game in the NFL. Pot is legal in Washington but banned by the NFL. The Cowboys’ front office criticizes the decision and says it hopes Elliott learns from it. He impresses in his debut.
Sept. 6, 2016: No charges
The City Attorney’s Office in Columbus, Ohio, announces it will not pursue charges against Elliott because of “conflicting and inconsistent information.” Some of the documents from the investigation show that the alleged victim asked a friend to lie to police. Others show Elliott’s concern over taking a drug test and the alleged victim identifying herself as a “sex slave.” Later, an attorney in the city attorney’s office said he thinks a series of interactions of violence occurred between Elliott and his accuser, though he declined to be more expansive.
Sept. 25, 2016: 'Zeke Leap'
Elliott leaps over safety Chris Prosinski to gain 14 yards and a first down in a win over the Chicago Bears. It’s the first time “Zeke Leap” enters the consciousness of Cowboys fans. Elliott starts to break out after a slow start in his first two NFL games.
Nov. 4, 2016: Florida incident revealed
A USA Today report reveals police had been called previously to investigate an incident between the same woman who alleged abuse by Elliott in July. The incident occurred in February 2016 in Florida, where Elliott was preparing for the NFL draft. Elliott wasn’t arrested and didn’t face charges. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to stand by Elliott and said he wasn’t surprised by the report.
Nov. 13, 2016: Three TDs
Elliott scores three touchdowns, including two in the final two minutes, in a 35-30 win over Pittsburgh.
Dec. 18, 2016: Kettle jump
Elliott celebrates a touchdown in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by jumping into a Salvation Army kettle. He is flagged but not fined for the memorable celebration, which helps raise money for the organization.
Jan. 29, 2017: Pro Bowl
Elliott takes part in his first Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla., after leading the NFL in rushing as a rookie. He's eventually determined to be the first rookie to lead the NFL in total merchandise sales.
March 11, 2017: Greenville block party
Elliott is captured on video pulling down the top of a woman during St. Patrick’s Day revelry in Dallas’ Lower Greenville neighborhood.
July 16, 2017: Bar fight
Elliott, a source said, is involved in an incident at Uptown nightclub Clutch that ends with a local DJ suffering a broken nose. Dallas police investigate but soon suspend the inquiry when the DJ and witnesses don’t cooperate.
Aug 11, 2017: Suspension
The NFL announces a sixgame suspension for Elliott after concluding its investigation into whether he violated the league’s personal-conduct policy. Elliott plans to appeal.
The first “Zeke Leap” came in a September game vs. the Chicago Bears, as Elliott vaulted over safety Chris Prosinski for a 14-yard gain in a Cowboys victory at AT&T Stadium.
Ezekiel Elliott posed with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Cowboys chose Elliott fourth in the draft. Sixteen months later, Goodell has suspended Elliott for six games.
Elliott risked a pot of trouble when he leaped into the Salvation Army red kettle after a December touchdown vs. Tampa Bay.