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Ezekiel Elliott Vows Cowboys to Come Back Stronger Next Year

The Dallas Cowboys missed the playoffs, largely due to Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension, and everybody is now dwelling on the “what ifs” and “what could have beens.”

But the running back refuses to be baited into questioning how the season ended and instead, he wants to look forward to the future.

“I wish it would have ended differently,” he said. “I wish we were playing in the playoffs right now.

“But I’m happy to have everything behind me. I’m happy to move forward. I’m going to use it as fuel for next year.”

Fans have a reason to be wistful considering that Elliott showed why he’s the league’s running back as he rushed 983 yards even after missing six games on suspension. The 22-year-old recognized that he had quite a good season for the number of games he actually played.

During the final game against the Eagles, he rushed 103 yards, which put him just 17 yards short of 1,000. The Cowboys finished their season at 9-7, still a winning record but not enough to make the playoffs. They were .500 while their star running back was away, finishing at 3-3.

Elliot said that even if he dwells in regret because of the suspension, it wouldn’t matter anyway. “What’s the point of going what if? It already happened,” he said. “You’ve got to look forward and control what you can control and make sure you come back ready next year contending.”

Elliott was suspended six games for violating NFL policy on players’ conduct after he was tagged in the domestic violence charge by an ex-girlfriend. His lawyer claimed that the sanction was an overkill considering that the 22-year-old wasn’t charged by the police even after an investigation. Elliott contested the suspension in the trial court and the federal appellate court in New York, which affirmed the six-game penalty. Elliott