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Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 6/175 -- Greg Hardy, DE, 6-4, 281, Ole Miss: Hopes to figure into the pass rushing rotation that is now without Julius Peppers. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Greg Hardy News
11/11/14 - DE Greg Hardy is missed. The Pro Bowler is on an exempt list after being convicted of domestic violence and the Carolina defense isn't the same without him. Hardy had 15 sacks last season, third most in the NFL, and nobody has picked up the slack this season. The Panthers sacked Eagles QB Mark Sanchez just once and they don't have anybody with more than four sacks.
09/17/14 - DE Greg Hardy was put on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List Wednesday, making his immediate future appear clear. He will not be allowed to play or practice with the team until his legal situation is settled. And because his jury trial on domestic violence charges is scheduled for Nov. 17, the Panthers can plan on not having his services until then, at least.
But as we have found out the last week and a half, it would be silly to assume anything in the new NFL landscape.
"Greg is part of this football team. We've done nothing other than grant him a leave of absence," head coach Ron Rivera said after the Panthers met with Hardy and his agent Drew Rosenhaus on Wednesday. "He's still being paid. He's still part of this football team. In due time, he will be back here, and we can get this resolved."
Hardy will be paid handsomely while he sits out. His $13.1 million franchise tag costs the Panthers $770,000 per week for a player not even on the active roster.
But a lost season could mean the loss of a potentially big contract for one of the best pass rushers in the league. So Hardy has plenty of incentives to get his legal situation figured out sooner rather than later.
"I understand that I need to step away from football right now and take care of this legal matter," Hardy said in a statement released by the Panthers. "I am entitled to due process and my day in court, and that's where my focus should be."
09/14/14 - DE Greg Hardy is inactive for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
Hardy was arrested for assaulting a woman and communicating threats in May and was found guilty in July. He is appealing for a jury trial.
Hardy played last week while the team said it would allow the legal process to play.
The Panthers were under much scrutiny to make a decision about Hardy stemming from the recent indefinite suspension and release of then-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice because he knocked out his fiancee. The Minnesota Vikings also deactivated running back Adrian Peterson after he was charged with reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Coach Ron Rivera said Friday that the team planned to play Hardy.
09/11/14 - DE Greg Hardy returned to practice after he had a "personal" day on Wednesday.
09/10/14 - DE Greg Hardy had an excused absence from Wednesday's practice for what head coach Ron Rivera called a "personal day."
Rivera said Hardy will start Sunday against the Lions if, just like any player, he practices and performs like he needs to when he returns on Thursday. But for anyone hoping for something juicy to advance the story, the Panthers continue to echo the line they've been saying since late July when Hardy was charged in relation to a domestic violence incident.
"We're going through the process, and while we're in the process, we're not going to comment on the situation," Rivera said.