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Ezekiel Elliott appeal hearing over; decision to come

Ezekiel Elliott's suspension appeal hearing has concluded after three days and more than 25 hours of meetings, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.

The appeal, which began Tuesday, was heard by arbitrator Harold Henderson, who will now decide whether to reduce or uphold the league's initial ruling.

The NFL suspended Elliott six games on Aug. 11 for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The ruling came after the NFL's year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations made against him by Tiffany Thompson, who identified herself as his former girlfriend to authorities.

Elliott's six-game ban stems solely from the league's investigation into the domestic violence allegations made by Thompson in July 2016, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported earlier this month. In a statement released by the league, Todd Jones, the NFL's Special Counsel for Conduct, said independent advisers who reviewed the evidence gathered by the league "were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence against Ms. Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016."

Elliott, 22, has denied the allegations. He was never charged or arrested.

If Elliott's full suspension is upheld on appeal, he would be barred from taking part in any team activities starting on Sept. 2. He wouldn't be eligible to play until the team's Week 8 contest against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 29.

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