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Ezekiel Elliott could possibly be the subsequent Emmitt Smith, however a six-recreation suspension for alleged home violence has the Corridor of Famer frightened about whether or not he finally will probably be.

“What I am actually involved about is his future,” Smith informed “The Wealthy Eisen Present” on Friday, as transcribed by Charean Williams of Professional Soccer Speak. “This can be a super alternative for lots of athletes to have the ability to do one thing that you simply completely love and get compensated for it and be capable of have an effect in one other individual’s life.

“However that is momentary. We have now a shelf life on this sport. This does not final lengthy, so we have now to reap the benefits of each second and lacking six video games proper now is just not affording you the chance to benefit from each second.”

Elliott’s suspension marks the newest flip in a profession already stacked with ups and downs, each on and off the sector. For all of the thrilling moments he is loved in a Cowboys uniform, he is additionally dealt together with his share of drama when he is out of the jersey.

“For Zeke, it’s going to be tormenting to watching another person taking the reps that he ought to be getting,” added Smith. “It may be tormenting. So I need to be a sounding board for him. I need to see him develop into very, very profitable.”

Elliott was a primary-staff All Professional choice final yr, however shall be onerous-pressed to get there once more in 2017 with six fewer video games on his docket.