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Cowboys Say They Support Ezekiel Elliott, Realize Gravity of Domestic Violence

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Saturday the team supports running back Ezekiel Elliott after the NFL suspended him six games following a lengthy investigation into a series of alleged domestic violence. He also said those who commit those acts must be held accountable.

"At the end of the day, we certainly support Zeke," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, per ESPN.com’s Todd Archer. "At the same time, we understand the very, very, very serious nature of domestic violence, certainly that people should be held accountable if that takes place."

Jones added the Cowboys are comfortable moving forward without Elliott since they have Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris available to pick up the slack.

"If we have to play with other running backs, we like the running backs on this team," he said.

Since news of the suspension broke Friday, Elliott and his representatives have vowed to appeal the NFL’s ruling.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the 22-year-old said he was "both surprised and disappointed" by the league’s decision and that he "strongly" disagrees with the investigation’s findings.

"I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given," he wrote.

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Cowboys LB Sean Lee: Only ‘a matter of time’ before Jaylon Smith is dominating

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Louis DeLuca/Staff Photographer Dallas linebackers Jaylon Smith (54) and Sean Lee (50) are pictured during the Dallas Cowboys full-squad minicamp practice at the Star in Frisco, photographed on Thursday, June15, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee recently joined 103.3-FM ESPN’s "Dennis and Cowlishaw" to talk all things football. Here are some highlights:

On Jaylon Smith…

Lee: He is the nicest guy around, and his attitude through this entire thing was incredible. If he had a bad day, you never saw it. You never saw it at the facility. He was always infectious.

And I’ve been in that situation where, you know, you’re six months in, all you want to do is play football and it’s hard to take. You start to get gloomy, start to get frustrated, he never did that.

And you see him now – what happens is the transition becomes easier because he has a mental year under his belt. Physically he doesn’t, but mentally, he went through every gameplan. He studied every week. He got ready for games mentally, and he played them out in his head. So, when he comes out here now, he’s making it look seamless because of that.

Are you guys pretty good buddies already?

Lee: Yeah, he’s great. Like I said, the last two years, we started to bond. We have a great linebacker room when it comes to guys who like to practice the right way, help each other out. Everybody wants to see everybody in the room have success, and he’s one of those guys.

On those dreaming to see Smith and Lee side by side at LB…

Lee: I think he’s a complete package. Physically, he’s an incredible athlete. Mentally, I mean, the instincts he has, how he works, the work ethic, it’s a matter of time before he’s dominating. It’s going to be fun to watch.

On those who think Dallas is carried by the offense…

Lee: I think if you turn the table on last year, you saw a defense that played well in a lot of games. No. 1 run defense, scoring-wise keeping people out of the end zone, we did a good job. The next step for us is turnovers. And that’s what we talk about. We talk about turnovers No. 1, not allowing people to score points, and stopping the run. If we can get that third part of it, I think you’re going to see us be a championship defense. That’s easier said than done. We have to go do it.

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Texas Ex-Aaron Williams: ‘It’s about to go down this year’

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Excited for Texas football to return? A few former Longhorns are as well.

Former Texas star Aaron Williams took to Twitter on Sunday to showcase just how fired up he is for the return of college football and the return of Texas to the national spotlight.

"It’s about to go down this year," he said along with a "In Herman we trust" hashtag.

it’s about to go down this year! #InHermanWeTrust \m/ 🐂 https://t.co/t9VrRxQe1n

— Aaron Williams (@ajwilliams23) July 30, 2017

Williams spent three seasons at Texas, appearing in 37 games with 23 starts. As a second-team All-Big 12 defensive back, he recorded four interceptions, 12 tackles for loss and 24 pass breakups before declaring for the NFL Draft.

Williams was also part of Texas’ national championship appearance in 2009, so he knows what success in Austin looks like.

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