Greg Hardy Gets 10-Game Ban Reduced to 4 Games
The Dallas Cowboys just got some great news. Newly signed star defensive end Greg Hardy, who was previously slated to miss the first 10 games of the 2015 NFL season, will now only miss the first four games of the year.
Hardy was scheduled to be banned for the first 10 games due to his role in a domestic violence case stemming from before last season. However, with Hardy already missing 15 games on the commissioner’s exempt list last season, he was able to successfully argue that an additional 10-game suspension was far too harsh considering the time he had already spent away from the field.
Hardy’s appeal was conducted by Harold Henderson, who dropped the 10-game ban down to four games.
This is a much more reasonable outcome for all parties, even though Hardy’s crime seemed quite disturbing on the surface. Hardy was never officially charged with anything in the end, though, and 19 total missed games for his actions feels like an appropriate punishment.
It’s a big break for a Cowboys defense that badly needed help in their pass rush, and instead of finding a way to put pressure on the quarterback without Hardy, they’ll only have to make it four weeks.
That’s much more doable, as Hardy will miss games against the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. Those are still some huge games for one of the top pass rushers in the league to miss, as Dallas will have to try to slow down potent offenses led by Eli Manning, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan without their new prized free agent. Even Chip Kelly’s up-tempo Eagles squad should give Dallas trouble.
Hardy will be eligible to return in week five, where he’ll make his official Cowboys debut against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Dallas made the playoffs and won a game after claiming the NFC East title in 2014, which helped their 2015 Super Bowl odds (14/1). Hardy’s lessened suspension helps them quite a bit as well, although Cowboys fans shouldn’t look for a dramatic shift from where they currently reside.
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