Elliott now nearly certainly will be allowed to play the entire 2017 season while his case winds its way through the court.
Elliott's six-game suspension, handed down August 11, was upheld earlier this week by National Football League arbitrator Harold Henderson. In October of 2016, Elliott rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown against the 49ers. Elliott denies the allegations and was never charged. Several witnesses heard Thompson scream that she would "ruin Elliott's life" and disputed her claim that Elliott injured her when her jerked her out of a vehicle.
Although this news doesn't abolish the six-game suspension, it will postpone when Elliott has to serve it.
Elliott's suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy was set to begin Monday, one day after he was eligible to compete in the Cowboys' season-opening game against the New York Giants.
The NFL players union's lawsuit against the league and Goodell was filed in federal court in Texas, and claimed the league's appeal process was "fundamentally unfair" since Henderson denied a request to have Thompson testify at Elliott's appeal hearing.
The NFLPA has contended that the league's investigation was flawed and that the NFL ignored evidence raising doubt about the credibility of Elliott's accuser.
No facts of whether or not Elliott committed the violence is up for discussion in this court case.
The NFLPA released a statement shortly after the ruling: "Commissioner discipline will continue to be a distraction from our game for one reason: because NFL owners have refused to collectively bargain fair and transparent process that exists in other sports", the NFLPA said in a statement released Friday evening.
"I'm not saying it's a conspiracy, but when you look at the series of events, you have to question whether it's fair", the judge said on Tuesday.
Either way, let us remember the league's letter to Elliott informing him of the suspension said it found "substantial and persuasive evidence" that the 6-foot, 225-pound running back engaged in violence against the 5-5, 120-pound Tiffany Thompson "on multiple occasions".
The NFL will now have to file its own appeal in order to have the judge's verdict and Elliott's temporary restrianing order overturned. He appealed the suspension which has upheld by Henderson earlier this week. Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's Director of Investigations, reportedly testified during this week's appeal that she recommended no suspension for Zeke.