What happened: Goodell issued the six-game suspension after the NFL completed a comprehensive investigation into domestic violence allegations that were made against Elliott in July 2016. Elliott was not arrested and no charges were filed, but the NFL’s personal conduct policy is broad and does not carry the same burden of proof as the court system.
During the course of the NFL’s investigation, the four independent advisors appointed to review the evidence and share the findings with Goodell determined that Elliott had been violent toward his accuser. The NFL’s policy has a baseline six-game suspension for first-time offenders, which Goodell applied to Elliott.
The preseason rolls on Thursday night with a pair of games between teams with plenty of questions to answer in 2017. The Miami Dolphins rallied from a 1-4 start last year to earn their first playoff berth since 2008, but did so against underwhelming competition.
In his place is Jay Cutler, fresh off signing a contract with Fox to be the network’s newest color commentator. The former Broncos and Bears quarterback made his preseason debut last week, throwing only six passes in the process. Expect him to get a bit more of a workout against the Eagles.
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