The threat from the league means that Elliott needs to stay out of trouble. His first possible game will be Week 8 at Washington.
Elliott, with the help of the Cowboys and the NFLPA, is going to appeal the decision and there is talk of fighting the decision beyond Goodell's office and into the court system. One of his agents didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
And if you're wondering if Jones has also gathered behind-the-scenes National Football League support for the Cowboys' belief that the domestic-violence-related punishment dispensed by commissioner Roger Goodell is heavy-handed and misguided?
The league revised its personal conduct policy in 2014 following sharp criticism of a case involving former Baltimore running back Ray Rice. "The NFL, however, could investigate the matter on its own and pursue further action against Elliott-despite the running back having never been arrested or charged in the incident-if enough evidence is collected and Elliott is found to be responsible for the punch".
Since then, Elliott has been recorded pulling a woman's shirt down at a St. Patrick's Day Parade and been involved in an incident at a bar that left a man hospitalized. Jones made the comments several times, including during festivities last weekend when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He can play in preseason games and practice until September 2, regardless of the outcome of the appeal. He accounted for more than 33 percent of the Cowboys' total yards in his rookie season.