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Greg Hardy benched two snaps for being late to meeting

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The Panthers have been able to withstand the absence of defensive end Charles Johnson the last two games with a knee injury, in part because they have another standout end in Greg Hardy.

But Hardy was standing on the sideline watching the start of yesterday’s win over the Buccaneers, his punishment for being late for a team meeting.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Hardy was also fined by the team, and apologized to coach Ron Rivera in the locker room after the game.

The Panthers started Frank Alexander and Mario Addison at end in the place of their stars. Hardy collected a sack, it was his seventh of the season.

Hardy missed the first two snaps, but then only got one play off the rest of the day, playing 46 of the 49 defensive snaps.

While other coaches have taken harsher measures (Jaguars defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey’s been inactive the last two weeks), we also don’t know the degree of Hardy’s tardiness or whether it was a pattern.

While the Panthers couldn’t afford to take him off the field for long without Johnson available, Hardy can’t afford to create the impression he’s a problem off the field, as he prepares to hit free agency this offseason.

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6 Responses to “Greg Hardy benched two snaps for being late to meeting”
  1. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 2, 2013 8:15 AM

    Oh man, that’ll learn him. Anything but two snaps

  2. brownspower says: Dec 2, 2013 8:18 AM

    Two snap penalty?
    Why don’t they do something more meaningful like making him play with dirty shoelaces for a whole game?

  3. bucrightoff says: Dec 2, 2013 9:23 AM

    And no orange slices at halftime either!

  4. FinFan68 says: Dec 2, 2013 9:28 AM

    Two snaps? Make it a series or just fine the guy. All that means is he didn’t “start” which means little in today’s game. (granted, it means something to ego-driven players)

  5. jgedgar70 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:01 AM

    He was probably 2 minutes late, hence the 2-play “suspension.” Here in Carolina we expect a slip-up from the Kracken every now and then. The guy is missing a chromosome. Seriously. It’s part of what makes him so fearless on the field.

  6. slammincamnewton says: Dec 5, 2013 1:18 AM

    Man I want some orange slices.

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