DALLAS – The NFL has suspended Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboy without pay for the team's first six 2017 regular-season games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

This comes after the league conducted an investigation over the past year. League investigators interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Tiffany Thompson, who had alleged multiple instances of physical violence in July 2016, and Elliott.

Elliott may appeal this decision within three days. If he does not appeal, Elliott's suspension will begin Sept. 2, the day of final roster reductions for NFL teams.

He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. Elliott will be eligible to return to the team's active roster on Oct. 23 following the Cowboys' Oct. 22 game against the San Francisco 49ers.