Elliott can play in Week 1 against the New York Giants, and the suspension will begin thereafter. NFL attorneys said Tuesday at a temporary restraining order hearing in U.S. District Court in Sherman, Texas, that the late timing — five days prior to the opener — of Henderson's appeal decision was why Elliott would be allowed to play Sunday. If the temporary restraining order is not allowed, Elliott would have to sit out the Week 2 game against the Denver Broncos and next would be allowed to play in Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs, on Nov. 5.
"We are extremely disappointed with Mr. Henderson's inability to navigate through league politics, and follow the evidence and, most importantly, his conscious," Elliott's lawyers said in a statement.
They also wrote in the statement that Elliott is the "victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by the National Football League and its officers to keep exonerating evidence from the decision-makers, including the advisors and [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell."
Elliott was accused by ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson of domestic violence abuse while they were dating, including three alleged incidents after Elliott was the fourth overall pick of the Cowboys last year. Henderson came to his conclusion that the suspension should be upheld despite reports that Thompson's account was deemed to be unreliable by league investigator Kia Wright Roberts. She is the only person from the league to have interviewed Thompson during the 13-month investigation, and when the filed her final report Roberts recommended no suspension.