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Cowboys' Elliott officially submits appeal to six-game suspension

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension has now been formally appealed, as the NFL Players Associated submitted the formal challenge to the NFL League office on Tuesday afternoon.

A hearing now must be scheduled within 10 days of the appeal being received. The NFL announced the suspension last Friday after a 13-month investigation

According to documents obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Elliott's appeal will focus on testimony given by his former girlfriend to the NFL on the alleged incidents

Elliott will argue, according to the documents, that his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, made multiple threats to "ruin his career." The appeal also will highlight text messages from Thompson that encouraged a friend to lie to police about an alleged domestic assault in July 2016.

The Columbus (Ohio) City Attorney's office announced in September that it would not pursue charges against Elliott because of "conflicting and inconsistent information," but the NFL can penalize a player even without legal charges.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declined to comment at practice on Tuesday, and star WR Dez Bryant was quoted as to saying he still thinks Zeke has a chance.

Elliott continues to practice as if it were any other day, hoping maybe -- just maybe that suspension may be reduced.

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