The Panthers’ defense is struggling without their Pro-Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy, who hasn’t played since week one while he awaits trial on domestic abuse charges, but with his anticipated day in court set for Nov 17th, Hardy still hopes to get on the field this season.
A source close to the player said Hardy has taken a couple of trips in recent weeks, but still hopes to play this season if he’s acquitted and reinstated.
Although he’s stayed away from the Panthers’ facility, Coach Ron Rivera says he has been contact with Hardy, who’s still in the Charlotte area.
“Greg’s still in town doing Greg things. But he’s also been working out, which has been good to hear. … At the appropriate moment he’ll be back,” Rivera said.
“We haven’t asked him to stay away. But at the same time we’re letting him take care of his business. We’re letting him take a step back.”
With the way the defense has been looking, I’m sure there are plenty of Carolina fans that hope Hardy will return this season too.