ZEKE DISAPPOINTED, JONES FURIOUS
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.