Former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL Players Association have officially filed an appeal of his six-game suspension with the NFL.
"Our union has appealed the NFL's six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott," the NFLPA said Tuesday in a statement. "We will represent Ezekiel, as we do all players, to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement."
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 15, 2017
A hearing for Elliott's appeal must now be scheduled within 10 days, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Elliott was suspended by the NFL on Friday after a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations determined that Elliott acted in violation of the league's personal conduct policy. According to a letter to Elliott written by NFL chief disciplinary officer Todd B. Jones, Elliott used physical force to cause injuries to his former girlfriend on three separate occasions between July 17, 2016 and July 21, 2016.
Both Elliott and his representatives have disputed the accuracy of the league's investigation.
"I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL's decision today, and I strongly disagree with the League's findings," Elliott said in a statement on Friday.
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) August 12, 2017
Elliott's attorneys, Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum, said in a statement on Friday that "the NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it 'cherry picks' so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence."
Reaction to today's 6-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott from his attorneys, Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum. pic.twitter.com/PFsQLvcME8
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2017
Pending the results of his appeal, Elliott is currently slated to miss the first six games of the Dallas Cowboys' season.