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Suspension disappoints Cowboys' Elliott

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said he is disappointed by the NFL's decision to suspend him six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, and he apologized for the off-field distraction his saga has become.

"I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL's decision," Elliott, the NFL's leading rusher as a rookie last season, said in a Twitter post late Friday. "And I strongly disagree with the league's findings."

The suspension, announced Friday, is the result of an investigation that started more than a year ago after Elliott's ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson accused him of assaulting her five times in a six-day stretch in July 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, where he played at Ohio State. Elliott was not arrested or charged but remained subject to discipline by the league.

Elliott is planning to appeal the suspension, his representatives said in a statement.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has defended Elliott throughout the NFL's investigation, and he is furious with the NFL's decision, ESPN reported. The team is standing behind Elliott, ESPN said.

Dolphins' Tannehill out for year

DAVIE — Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he's confident quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be ready for the 2018 season but 2017 is out.

The Dolphins placed Tannehill on injured reserve Saturday because of his left knee injury, sidelining him for the season. Tannehill and the Dolphins decided surgery would be the best option for his torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Tannehill's replacement, Jay Cutler, practiced for the second time Saturday and might play in Thursday's exhibition game against the Ravens.

"If he feels good enough to go on Thursday, where the pocket feel is there and he feels like he's in a good place, then he'll go," Gase said.

Cutler, who parted with the Bears after eight seasons, postponed retirement and his TV job, signing a $10 million, one-year contract.

Tannehill missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in the knee, and he reinjured it a week into training camp.

washington: Linebacker Trent Murphy, the team's top draft choice in 2014, was put on injured reserve with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. He was hurt in a 23-3 loss to the Ravens in their preseason opener Thursday.

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