But, he's still eligible to play in the Cowboys' regular-season opener against the New York Giants on Sunday. "In deference, and as to not rush the judge, league attorneys agreed to permit him to play". The result could be even more difference-making plays from the 29-year-old who loves nothing more than standing out when it matters. A U.S. District Court judge will make a ruling Friday on the injunction Elliott is seeking to prevent the NFL's discipline.
NFL-appointed arbitrator, Harold Henderson, handed down the verdict. after hearing Elliott's case from a team led by Jeffrey Kessler - the lawyer who's repped the NFLPA on several landmark appeals including DeflateGate. If the order is granted, Elliott would likely play the entire season and the suspension would be re-addressed in legal proceedings in 2018.
Elliott, the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft, led the National Football League in rushing with 1,631 yards during his rookie season. Elliott supposedly had physical confrontations with his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, and the league said that there was "substantial and persuasive evidence".
After an investigation that took over a year, the league informed Elliott that he will be suspended for six games and warned him about any further violations.
The Giants have kept OBJ in bubble wrap since, but it would be an upset if he doesn't play Sunday night.
Elliott had his appeal heard last week in NY, with three days of testimony lasting 25 hours from Elliott and multiple experts and witnesses, though Thompson was not allowed to be called.
Elliott's team realeased a statement after the arbitrator's ruling saying they plan to continue to fight his decision in court.
Henderson has heard dozens of appeals, including New Orleans running back Adrian Peterson's in a child abuse case out of Texas when Peterson was with Minnesota.
"The review is to determine whether the player was afforded adequate notice of his alleged violation, the right to representation, opportunity to present evidence, and a decision which is fair and consistent", Henderson wrote.
"Not only did the underlying facts not support the false allegations made against Mr. Elliott, but the process in which they were gathered and adjudicated were fundamentally unfair", Elliottattorney Frank Salzano said Friday. "This one is, in every respect".
One of the passages in the lawsuit states, "Elliott and the Union were subjected to an arbitration process in which, among other things, there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives, including NFL Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel, to hide critical information, which would completely exonerate Elliott".