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[August 12, 2017] 

August 11 (The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended six games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league's personal conduct policy after multiple domestic violence incidents.

The six-game ban is the penalty for first-time offenders of the league's new domestic violent policy. The suspension is scheduled to begin Sept. 2 and Elliott is eligible to return to the Cowboys' roster on Oct. 23, one day after the team's Week 7 road game against the San Francisco 49ers.

As a result of the suspension, the guarantees in the four-year, $24.956 million deal Elliott signed with Dallas in 2016 will be voided, per ESPN. Elliott will forfeit $559,192 in 2017 salary according to salary cap website Spotrac. In addition, Elliott will give up $240,000 per missed game in signing-bonus money if the suspension is upheld.

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Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was traded by the Buffalo Bills to the Los Angeles Rams along with a Bills' 2018 sixth-round draft pick for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick.

Buffalo also traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

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Miami Dolphins rookie middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan will miss the entire 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during the team's preseason opener on Thursday.

The Dolphins announced the news after Friday's MRI exam displayed the tear.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will not play in the preseason but is expected to start the regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10, the team announced.

Flacco was re-examined and his progress from a back issue "is good," according to a statement from the team.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars released Branden Albert, just four days after the two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle informed the team that he had changed his mind about retiring.

Albert was released by the Jaguars from the reserved/retired list. He will go through the waiver process and will become a free agent if no team claims him.

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Washington Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy will miss the entire 2017 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in Thursday's preseason game.

Murphy was previously slated to miss the first four games of the season after being suspended for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Bishop Sankey sustained a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the upcoming season, multiple outlets reported.

Sankey had four carries for 14 yards and reeled in four passes for 15 yards before exiting early in the third quarter of Thursday's preseason opener versus the Buffalo Bills

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