Goodell had the option of simply noting that Elliott was "in violation of the league's personal conduct policy".
A suspension is considered very likely at this point, and the big question is more or less how long it will be.
The 22-year-old Elliot has three days to appeal the ruling, which his legal team said he would do while blasting the decision.
- Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 11, 2017Elliott & reps statement: "In the coming weeks. a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light". "He practices hard and he's getting himself ready to play as well as he can".
With one more exhibition game on the schedule than 30 other teams, the Cowboys rested their starters in last week's Hall of Fame Game against the Arizona Cardinals. That would have been the case, he said, even if Elliott had not been under investigation. "It looked like he was making some strides", Garrett said.
CNN has not heard back from Elliott's representatives.
"So while alternative theories are interesting, in my judgment they have to be supported by evidence, and that was lacking in this particular situation", Harvey said.
The NFL's letter to Elliott cited the OH case as well as an incident this past spring when Elliott was caught on video pulling down a woman's shirt while watching a St. Patrick's Day parade in Dallas.
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"Over the course of the a year ago, the league conducted an extensive investigation", a league statement read Friday.
In the letter, the league says it interviewed more than a dozen witnesses in connection to the domestic violence allegations, including the alleged victim. The league also consulted with medical experts.
Accusing Elliott of committing "multiple instances of physical violence" against a former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, the National Football League concluded a year-long investigation with a punishment that Elliott, through his lawyers, has vowed to appeal.
Little did the team know it was a sign of things to come.
Fortunately for Dallas, former Arkansas star RB Darren McFadden is the second-string running back and is only two years removed from a season in which he ran for 1,089 yards and three touchdowns.