The party’s over. The celebration of all things Jerry Jones came to a screeching and decisive halt Friday morning.
Less than one week after Jones threw a $10 million-plus party on the eve of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jones’ method of doing business was called into question when the NFL suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of the 2017 season.
If Elliott’s suspension is not reduced, the Cowboys will have 16 players suspended for 108 games since the start of the 2014 season. It was a league-leading total even before the NFL finished its lengthy investigation into Elliott’s alleged incidents of domestic violence.
The NFC East, a division owned by the Cowboys in 2016, is officially open for business.
The Cowboys’ best hope now is a reduction to a four-game suspension on appeal. It’s difficult to predict if they really have a chance to make that happen since the league’s report Friday indicated it had found evidence of physical violence.