The cloud of a potential suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence issues has been hanging over the Dallas Cowboys for weeks. New reports point to a suspension for Elliott being "definite" and that it could be handed out as early as today in a hopeful "Friday news dump" by the NFL.
ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio summarized the situation rather thoroughly on Thursday night and had a league source telling him the suspension would be definite.
Earlier this week, Cris Carter said on FS1 that a suspension is coming, and that the suspension will be accompanied by evidence of domestic violence, and possibly by proof that Elliott destroyed evidence in connection with the investigation. Carter suggested that the punishment will be in the range of the four-game suspension imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2015.
Elliott is accused of five incidents of domestic violence over a six-day period in July 2016. Last Thursday night, appearing in the NBC booth during the Hall of Fame game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that a suspension could be imposed for unspecified incidents other than the domestic violence claim.
The length of the suspension is currently unknown but the most common guess is four games.
This would obviously have a big impact on the Cowboys in their quest to repeat as NFC East champs as they have a tough schedule to open the season including the Packers, Giants, Cardinals, and Broncos among their first five contests.
But what if Elliott is suspsended and chooses to appeal? If he plays during the appeal process, depending on how long the process takes, it could drag out and eventually keep Elliott out of four-plus games later in the season if the appeal fails. The Eagles first see the Cowboys in Dallas in week 11. So Elliott being sidelined then is not out of the question.
Elliott being sidelined would be a welcomed sight for any opponent, especially a division rival.
UPDATE: Elliot has been suspended for six games and will appeal.
While the Phillies put up seven early runs Friday in an attempt to overcome a shaky start by Jake Arrieta out of the All-Star break, there was some drama in D.C.
Stephen Strasburg, in his return from the DL, was pulled after allowing six runs in 4⅔ innings to the Braves. As he jogged off the field and down the dugout steps, he was greeted by Nats ace Max Scherzer, who gave him a supportive pat on the back.
Seconds later, Strasburg barked at Scherzer, who snapped his head back and shrugged in exasperation.
Scherzer was clearly ticked off and shouted back at Strasburg with some emphatic gestures. Strasburg jumped up and began to walk down the steps back to the clubhouse with Scherzer following him. It appeared they wanted to finish their heated conversation in private.
It's been a frustrating season for the Nats. They're 48-49 and six games behind both the Braves and Phillies. This was Strasburg's 14th start of the season and it hasn't been Strasburg-like at all. He has a 3.90 ERA and has allowed 12 home runs in 85⅓ innings.
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Joel Embiid's new backup wasn't very fond of the Sixers' star center when he wasn't his teammate.
The Sixers will eventually acquire Mike Muscala from the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team trade involving Carmelo Anthony (see story). The trade is not official yet.
As is the case these days with social media, players' old takes resurface and Muscala is no different — except this time, it's not old tweets from a teenaged Muscala.
Appearing on the Road Trippin' podcast (h/t Jeff McMenamin and Pro Basketball Talk) on Feb. 13, 2018, Muscala, then with the Hawks, said the following:
I don’t like the Sixers.
I just don’t like them. I just feel like they talk a lot of s—, especially Embiid.
I understand there’s going to be some trash-talking. But I just feel like — I don’t know. Sometimes, I just — I respect players that just let their play do the talking. And I think sometimes, it just gets excessive, especially with Embiid.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing for the league. I think it’s entertaining, and I think people can feed off of that. In a weird way, I respect him for being to do that, because it takes a lot of guts and confidence, at the same time.
One important thing to note here. Muscala and Embiid were not teammates at the time and anyone who has watched Embiid play basketball knows he's a trash-talker. Of course, his opponents are not going to like it.
Embiid played just one game against the Hawks in 2017-18. He scored 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes on Nov. 1, 2017. Muscala? Just two points in 22 minutes.
Yeah, it's pretty clear who had the better stat line. And you can bet Embiid was chirping the entire game. Who could blame him?
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