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