Ezekiel Elliott has had a quiet offseason as he readies for a strong 2018.

The silence enjoyed by him and the Dallas Cowboys has now been broken a bit, thanks to a lawsuit headed his way. Elliott has done everything necessary to stay out of the negative limelight following a six-game suspension in 2017 for domestic violence allegations, but it was something seemingly negligible that occurred last year as well that's now coming back in his direction in a big way. On January 11, 2017, he was involved in a minor vehicle accident in Frisco, TX at the intersection of Dallas Parkway and Gaylord Parkway, not far from the team's practice facility.

Elliott immediately took to Twitter to declare he suffered no injuries in the accident.

"I'm good," he wrote at the time. "I've been in bigger collisions."

That allegedly is not the case for the other driver though, who is now suing Elliott for a massive $1 million due to suffer from "serious, life-altering injuries and damages" -- according to Meredith Yeomans of NBC DFW.

The plaintiff, Ronnie Hill, states his vehicle was written off as a total loss following the deployment of both air bags once Hill's vehicle was struck by Elliott's. Yeoman's notes Texas law doesn't allow for the suing of another driver's insurance company, so it's Elliott's wallet Hill is instead going after.

Elliott's lawyer, Frank Salzano, has immediately responded, noting Yeoman's reference to Texas law and just why Elliott's name is listed atop the suit.

"This lawsuit -- stemming from a 2017 car accident -- is between the plaintiff and Mr. Elliott's insurance company. Mr. Elliott was only named personally because Texas is not a "direct action state" -- which means that a claimant cannot file directly against the insurance company but must first name the individual insured (Elliott) in order to trigger the insurance coverage. That is exactly what occurred here.

We expect Mr. Elliott's insurance provider to step in accordingly and handle the matter appropriately."

This offseason for the Cowboys has been filled to the brim with drama, but Elliott has been the consummate professional the entire time. From the release of All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant (and the subsequent mud-slinging) to the issues with defensive end David Irving, absent from it all has been Elliott's name. This is in stark contrast from one year ago when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made it his mission to turn Elliott into his sacrificial lamb as it relates to the topic of domestic violence. It was a battle that spanned a total of 18 months and was dragged through several federal courts between Texas and New York.

A newly-focused Elliott returned to the field in Week 16 in the best shape of his life, and has continued his positive momentum from there. There is no news on what Hill's specific injuries are and how they justify a $1 million payout, but it's all now for a judge to decide.

That's something Elliott doesn't want to hear again, and only seven months after having to argue his case against the NFL in front of several different ones. 

For the Cowboys, it's simply another headline they would've liked to avoid in a year where they've been inundated with them, trying their best to work toward bouncing back from a disappointing 9-7 outing in 2017. Elliott and running backs' coach Gary Brown recently noted how great it was to see the All-Pro unencumbered mentally going into this season, but now there's a million reasons he could be just a tad bit distracted.

That is, of course, if his insurance company drops the ball.