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Greg Hardy | Defensive Lineman

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 280
College: Mississippi
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Greg Hardy will decide whether to take legal action against the NFL for his four-game suspension "any time now," according to PFT's Mike Florio.
Hardy has been mulling a lawsuit since the NFL reduced his suspension from 10 games to four last week. On the surface, that seems like a fair compromise, but keep in mind Hardy was forced to sit out most of last season. He's essentially served a 15-game suspension, though the Panthers paid him during his absence. We'll have to wait and see if Hardy is ready to wave the white flag after fighting the league on this issue for almost a year. Jul 15 - 8:45 AM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Cowboys RE Greg Hardy is considering an appeal of his reduced suspension.

Hardy saw his suspension reduced from 10 to four games on Friday, but he could still feel hard done after spending 15 games on the Commissioner Exempt List last season. If he decides to appeal, Hardy's next step would be to file suit against the NFL in federal court. That decision should come early next week. As it stands now, Hardy is set to return Week 5 against the Patriots.
Jul 11 - 10:39 AM

Cowboys RE Greg Hardy's suspension has been reduced from ten to four games.

Hardy's appeal was heard by independent arbitrator Harold Henderson. (Tom Brady's is being heard by Roger Goodell himself.) Original news of Hardy's ten-game suspension generally shocked folks in the football community after he spent all but one game on last year's Commissioner Exempt List. The ten-game ban would've ultimately cost Hardy a whopping 25 games. Instead, he'll end up missing 19. The news is very good for the Cowboys, who badly need pass rush opposite rising second-year LE Demarcus Lawrence. Dating back to 2012, Hardy has 19 sacks over his last 20 appearances. Hardy will miss games against the Giants, Eagles, Falcons, and Saints before returning in Week 5 to face the Pats.
Jul 10 - 2:21 PM

"Sources close" to Cowboys DE Greg Hardy tell Bleacher Report's Jason Cole that he's "losing some of his will to fight" his 10-game suspension.

Hardy is apparently worn down by a saga that's lasted over a year. Per Cole, Hardy might opt to abandon any further legal action if his ban is slashed by 2-4 games. It's already been over a month since Hardy's appeal hearing. SI's Peter King guessed in early June that Hardy would indeed get 2-4 games lopped off his suspension.
Jul 7 - 4:00 PM

SI's Peter King believes Greg Hardy will get either two or four games removed from his 10-game domestic violence suspension.

Hardy's appeal is set for Thursday and will be heard by league-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson. This is the same arbitrator that upheld the NFL's penalty for Adrian Peterson. In July 2014, Hardy was found guilty of assaulting ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder and threatening to kill her. He received a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months' probation on misdemeanor charges. The charges were dismissed on appeal when Holder chose not to cooperate after receiving a cash settlement from Hardy.
Source: SI.com
Jun 1 - 9:37 AM

The appeal hearing on Cowboys RE Greg Hardy's ten-game suspension will begin Thursday morning.

The NFLPA will encourage arbitrator Harold Henderson to reduce Hardy's ban "dramatically." The Players Association is said to have good arguments, and NFL Network's Albert Breer recently tweeted he thinks Hardy's ban will be reduced by "a significant number." A decision is not necessarily expected by Thursday, however. The NFL has not yet set a date for Tom Brady's appeal.
May 27 - 8:34 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer believes Cowboys DE Greg Hardy's ten-game suspension will be reduced "by a significant number" on appeal.

Keep in mind this is the same league that suspended Ray Rice two games for knocking out his fiancee, and Tom Brady four games for allegedly-sorta deflating footballs. All bets are off regarding Hardy's ban. Hardy already missed 15 games on the Commissioner's Exempt List last season, which will work in the favor of his appeal. He's currently not slated to return until Week 12.
May 26 - 6:20 PM

Suspended Cowboys RE Greg Hardy reportedly got into a verbal altercation with teammate Davon Coleman during conditioning drills on Friday.

Although it's being puffed up by multiple media outlets, the story -- linked below -- doesn't seem like a big deal at all. "Verbal altercations" happen all the time in competitive environments. Hardy and Coleman reportedly had to be separated after Hardy questioned Coleman's effort during a drill. Coleman's agent "said it was only a verbal argument and not a physical fight."
Source: FOX Sports
Apr 24 - 2:40 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "some smart people" believe Cowboys RE Greg Hardy's ten-game suspension could be reduced "anywhere from two to six games" following his appeal.

A multi-game reduction like that would be a huge win for both Hardy and the Cowboys. "We'll see," cautioned Schefter. The NFL initially came down hard on Hardy, and his plan is to appeal the suspension immediately. When Dallas signed Hardy, the team only expected him to miss the first four to six games.
Apr 24 - 1:57 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys "at most" expected RE Greg Hardy to be slapped with a six-game suspension.

RapSheet says the Cowboys "thought" Hardy's ban would be only four games. Instead, Roger Goodell came down hard on Hardy, suspending him ten games and threatening to ban Hardy from the NFL for life should he incur one more strike. The NFL's investigation reportedly found that Hardy physically abused Nicole Holder on four separate occasions. As the Cowboys have a bye in Week 6, Hardy's ten-game suspension will sideline him until Week 12.
Apr 22 - 10:43 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys RE Greg Hardy 10 games for conduct detrimental to the league.

Hardy spent all but one week last season on the Commissioner's Exempt List. He'll miss a total of 25 games, making him eligible to return Week 12 against Carolina. Hardy had domestic violence charges against him dropped in February, but the NFL is suspending him under the Personal Conduct Policy, which allows them to give him more than the expected six games as a first-time offender. Roger Goodell told Hardy that he is potentially now one strike away from a lifetime ban. The Cowboys did protect themselves financially by tying up $9.25 million of Hardy's one-year, $11.3 million deal in per-game roster bonuses. Still, not having Hardy for over half the season is a major setback for Dallas, which now figures to attack defensive end early in the draft.
Apr 22 - 4:12 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person suspects Cowboys RE Greg Hardy gets "at least" a six-game suspension for his Personal Conduct Policy violation.

Person is just guessing, but this was reportedly the expectation among NFL teams before free agency began. SI's Peter King previously passed along whispers of a forthcoming six-game ban. Per the NFL's new domestic violence policy, first-time offenders are suspended six games as a baseline. Hardy missed all but one game last season, but was never formally suspended.
Apr 16 - 3:42 PM

New Cowboys RE Greg Hardy's one-year contract has a base value of $11.3 million, but $9.25 million is tied up in per-game roster bonuses.

The Cowboys protected themselves against Hardy spending more time on the Commissioner's Exempt List by making his base salary ($750,000) as low as possible. Per-game roster bonuses are self-explanatory; if Hardy isn't playing in games he won't be getting that money. Hardy can earn over $1.3 million just by reporting to offseason workouts. He can get another $1.8044 million through incentives based on sacks. This was a smartly-structured contract by the Cowboys. No portion of the deal is guaranteed.
Mar 18 - 7:31 PM

Cowboys signed DE Greg Hardy, formerly of the Panthers, to a one-year, $11.3 million contract.

The 2014 Cowboys finished 28th in sacks. Hardy recorded 27 sacks from 2012-2013 before sitting out all but one game last season on the Commissioner's Exempt List. He'll be a "closer" for the Cowboys, who got pressure on quarterbacks last season but couldn't finish the job. Expect Hardy to slide in at right end, with Demarcus Lawrence opposite him. Hardy is a three-down player, though he may be looking at a short suspension to start the season.
Mar 18 - 3:44 PM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Bucs have "lost interest" in free agent DE Greg Hardy.

It appears Hardy will join the Cowboys as long as no other team joins the mix. Hardy has been in Dallas the past two days and took a physical for the team Wednesday morning. We suspect Hardy was using the Bucs, a team he had yet to even visit, as leverage to squeeze more money out of Jerry Jones.
Mar 18 - 1:34 PM

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