NFL Rumors: Concerns about Ezekiel Elliott’s behavior

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s off-the-field behavior apparently isn’t sitting too well.

Ezekiel Elliott may be a story for the Dallas Cowboys throughout the 2016 NFL season. The organization selected him fourth overall in April’s draft, which is higher than running backs typically are selected. There may be lofty expectations that follow this, especially playing in Dallas, which is constantly a media hub during the year.

The first-year pro comes with some off-the-field baggage, though. In July, he got accused of domestic violence but denied the allegations. There is reportedly some concern over this and “a pattern of disturbing behavior”, according to Ed Werder of ESPN, via Pro Football Talk. Details weren’t given, but it could involve more than the previously-noted incident and about going to a legal marijuana store.

Elliott’s situation is the latest drama in Dallas. This goes along with Tony Romo’s health after breaking his collarbone in 2015 and potentially hurting his back during Thursday’s preseason game. Throw in suspensions to defensive players Randy Gregory and Rolando McClain, too.

The Ohio State alumnus’ situation should be worth monitoring throughout the season, as the domestic violence issue is concerning. Harsh penalties have been given to players of all sports over the past calendar year, who have been accused or convicted of this crime. This gained attention with Ray Rice’s 2014 suspension for domestic violence. Major League Baseball players Aroldis Chapman and Jose Reyes, who missed significant chunks of the 2016 season, are other notable names who have been accused.

In the meantime, the Cowboys will have Elliott on the field, unless circumstances change. He’ll be the featured running back for Dallas in the 2016 season, and look to lead a squad that had been among the worst teams in 2015. If Elliott can play a full season, he could be a Rookie of the Year candidate, too.