Henderson's ruling will likely only set the stage for future battles, with the two sides set to argue over jurisdiction and other legal technicalities.
At the end of the day however, Elliott's status is significant.
There had been reports that Elliot's appeal officer, Harold Henderson, was under pressure to make a decision by Monday. The same news comes from Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News.
Kia Roberts, the league's co-lead investigator in the case, said that she did not believe Elliott should have been suspended, because she was unsure of Thompson's credibility due to a series of inconsistency in Thompson's statements. ESPN reported he rode a stationary bike during the team's practice this past week. "Preseason is just as important as anything else", McAdoo said. So our goal is to do our job and be prepared to stop the run - and if he's playing, great; if he's not, then that's great. "Whoever rolls out there for Dallas, whoever they put on the field, we'll be prepared for, we'll have a plan for and we'll be ready to go".
As a rookie, Elliott's first regular season game was against the New York Giants. Geno Smith threw 10 completions on 11 attempts for 111 yards and a score while Davis Webb threw for 103 yards while leading the G-Men on the game-winning drive in the 4th. Elliott's backup, who could now be the starter is Alfred Morris. He had seven carries for 35 yards in that 20-19 loss against the Giants. Defensively, a Robert Thomas sack, a Kerry Wynn interception combined with a pair of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery highlighted an otherwise poor defensive showing from the Giants, allowing over 400 yards of total offense, including 341 yards and 4 touchdowns to Pats' third-string QB Jacoby Brissett.
'And what I remember her saying because I do kind of remember this specifically is she said that Ezekiel is upset because he found out that I was dating some guy, ' the investigator said during the appeal. I think I still have it.
Weeks after being released by the team, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead finds himself back in the news once again after his name was brought up during Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing last week.