ZEKE DIS­AP­POINTED, JONES FU­RI­OUS

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Cow­boys run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott said he is dis­ap­pointed by the NFL’S de­ci­sion to sus­pend him six games for vi­o­lat­ing the per­sonal con­duct pol­icy, and he apol­o­gized for the offfield dis­trac­tion his saga has be­come.

The sus­pen­sion is the re­sult of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that started more than a year ago af­ter his ex-girl­friend ac­cused El­liott of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in Colum­bus, Ohio. The Colum­bus City At­tor­ney’s Of­fice an­nounced last Septem­ber it would not pur­sue charges against El­liott be­cause of “con­flict­ing and in­con­sis­tent in­for­ma­tion,” but the NFL can pe­nal­ize a player even with­out le­gal charges.

The Cow­boys have yet to of­fi­cially ad­dress the sus­pen­sion, which was is­sued Fri­day. Team owner and gen­eral man­ager Jerry Jones de­fended El­liott through­out the NFL’S in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and a league source told ESPN that Jones is fu­ri­ous with the NFL’S de­ci­sion.

An­other league source told ESPN that the Cow­boys are stand­ing be­hind El­liott. Vik­ings make moves at RB.

MINN.» The Vik­ings

EDEN PRAIRIE, waived run­ning back Bishop Sankey with an in­jured des­ig­na­tion af­ter he tore the an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his right knee in the pre­sea­son opener.

The Vik­ings signed run­ning back Bron­son Hill to re­place Sankey on the ros­ter.

Sankey, a sec­ond-round draft pick by Ten­nes­see in 2014, joined Min­nesota’s prac­tice squad late last sea­son.

Ram­sey stick­ing with No. 20.

FLA.» Jaguars cor­ner­back JACK­SONVILLE, Jalen Ram­sey con­sid­ered chang­ing num­bers last week, want­ing to switch from 20 to 23. Then he found out what it would cost.

Ram­sey said he would have to buy ev­ery No. 20 jer­sey on the mar­ket be­fore mak­ing the swap, which surely would have cost him six fig­ures.

QBS im­pres­sive in K.C. opener.

MO.» Alex Smith led

KANSAS CITY, the Chiefs to a quick touch­down and first-round draft pick Patrick Ma­homes II had an im­pres­sive de­but, be­fore San Fran­cisco’s back­ups led the 49ers to a 27-17 vic­tory over Kansas City in their pre­sea­son opener Fri­day night.

Smith hit speed­ster Tyreek Hill for a 32-yard gain on the first play of the game, and Spencer Ware capped a 75-yard march with a short TD run to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.

It was the only se­ries for Smith, a vet­eran QB who fin­ished 4-of-6 for 48 yards.

Ma­homes checked in for the first time late in the sec­ond quar­ter. The 10th over­all pick in the April draft had a long com­ple­tion wiped out by a penalty on his first play, then cap­i­tal­ized on a blocked punt with a short touch­down pass to rookie Mar­cus Kemp.

Ma­homes was 7-of-9 for 49 yards. He is du­el­ing with Tyler Bray for the No. 2 job.

Tan­nehill on sea­son-end­ing IR. MI­AMI» The Dol­phins placed start­ing quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill on in­jured re­serve with a knee in­jury, sidelin­ing him for the en­tire sea­son. In an­other ros­ter move, Mi­ami signed line­backer Ju­nior Sylvestre.

Sylvestre spent part of this year’s off­sea­son with Buf­falo and the 2016 off­sea­son and train­ing camp with In­di­anapo­lis. Tan­nehill will have surgery to re­pair his torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment.

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