By Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON — Friday afternoon brought breaking news that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott would be suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season.

Elliott is expected to appeal, and if the suspension is upheld, his first game back will be against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 29.

That was merely the prelude. Only moments later, we learned of two huge trades, both involving the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills are sending wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the LA Rams in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round draft pick in 2018.

Oh, hopefully you were able to digest that instantaneously, because within that exact minute, Buffalo announced another trade, this one with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bills also sent cornerback Ronald Darby to Philadelphia for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick in 2018.

In total, the trades net Buffalo Gaines and Matthews, and second- and third-round picks in next year’s draft.

That’s three major decisions announced in the span of 14 minutes.

Slow down, NFL.

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