Ezekiel Elliott Expected to Make Preseason Debut for Cowboys

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"Well, I don't want to speculate about that at all", Jones said of the appeal hearing.

It has been more than two weeks since the National Football League announced that Ezekiel Elliott is suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has apparently not cooled off much during that span.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has withheld comment regarding Elliott's suspension, however, sources indicate he is upset.

"Harold is a really great friend of mine", Jones said. So stay tuned. The expectation is that Henderson will decide the appeal swiftly, giving Elliott and the Cowboys time to figure out their options before their regular-season opener September 10 against the Giants. Following that, Henderson will be given time to assess the arguments before rendering a final verdict, and when he makes a decision regarding Elliott's suspension will have an impact on the Cowboys roster. "He was at my ($16-million Hall of Fame) party and so you weren't at that party unless you were a good friend ..."

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Elliott continues to maintain his innocence of domestic violence allegations of a former girlfriend and Jones remains blindsided by the NFL's decision to suspend his star player after promising there would be no discipline because he believes there was no evidence of domestic violence.

Asked if that was a yes, he replied, "I don't know". Prior to the announcement of the suspension, Jones said he anticipated Elliott being available for the regular season, and from what he had known, the incident had nothing to do with domestic violence. He's come through it the hard way.

Elliott is expected to miss at least a couple days of practice for the appeal hearing (he isn't expected to play in the fourth preseason game anyway on Thursday). He finished with 18 yards on six carries in his first - and only - work of the preseason and caught two passes for 6 yards.