Often described as the NFL’s judge, jury, and executioner, commissioner Roger Goodell has reportedly taken a step back from the Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence investigation.

Goodell hasn’t been personally involved in the investigation’s proceedings and hasn’t been present at any of the disciplinary hearings involving Elliott, a source told Deadspin’s Dom Cosentino.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Cosentino that the NFL’s personal conduct policy allows the commissioner to absent himself from the disciplinary process if he so chooses.

Still, it’s a curious decision by Goodell, who has made player discipline a hallmark of his tenure and has consistently made sure he has the last word on any punishments the league hands out.

The NFL is reportedly nearing its conclusion into the allegations leveled at Elliott, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Thursday he expects the league’s verdict “imminently.”

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