Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, a rookie sensation in 2016, still could be facing league discipline as the NFL winds down its investigation into allegations of domestic violence against him, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Appearing on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, Schefter hinted there could be something behind the league not making any probe-related announcement, which many expected ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
"[T]his is a situation that has gone back and forth so many times. I’ve spoken to some people within the league who, during the course of the offseason, got a sense that some form of discipline could happen.
"And then I spoke to somebody last week and they’re like, ‘Yeah, I don’t think anything is going to happen here.’ And then a decision that many people thought would come before the start of the the July 4th weekend on Friday when the NFL usually makes a lot of decisions, hands down some news, I was told that was being pushed back.
"Now why is that being pushed back? Was it being pushed back, actually? Maybe it wasn’t even. But I was told there wasn’t going to be an answer here for a little while, that there was more information. There have been more meetings between either Zeke’s people and the league, or the NFLPA and the league, or whoever. It’s just been an ongoing issue that has had no conclusion. And so, if you’re drafting today, it’s hard to say, ‘Well, nothing’s going to happen there.’
"Nothing may well happen there, but something could happen there. We just don’t know right now. It’s just sort of out there."
While the show on which Schefter made his comments was focused on the fantasy implications, any discipline Elliott might face certainly would have a very real impact on the Cowboys offense. It's apparent from how carefully Schefter couched his comments, though, that it's still unclear, even among the most plugged-in NFL insiders, whether Elliott will, in fact, be punished.
The NFL's investigation has been going on for just short of a year, stemming from incidents in July 2016, when Elliott's girlfriend filed a complaint with police in Columbus, Ohio. No charges were filed against Elliott, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has maintained his player's innocence.