Greg Hardy didn’t travel to New Orleans with Panthers

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Sunday’s Saints-Panthers game has no bearing on the playoff chase, but there are still some individual players wrapping up notable seasons.

Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is one of those players. Hardy has a career-high 11 sacks this season, making his play a bright spot in what’s been a largely disappointing season in Carolina. Hardy might not get a chance to add to that total on Sunday, however.

Hardy did not travel with the team to New Orleans on Saturday and has been downgraded from probable to questionable as he deals with a family issue. Hardy didn’t practice all week because of the issue, which coach Ron Rivera called serious and said had to do with his mother. A team spokesman said it was unclear whether or not he’d join the team in time for the game and Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer couldn’t reach Hardy or his agent for any more information.

Hardy, a 2010 sixth-round pick, is signed through next season and a repeat of his work in 2012 could make him a fixture on the Panthers defensive line for several years to come.

2 responses to “Greg Hardy didn’t travel to New Orleans with Panthers

  1. I hope everything goes well for him. I saw Hardy practice during an OTA when he was a rookie. He had the veterans shouting at him because he was going so hard. His motor is one speed, and most players have never played at that speed. Not saying he is great, and (we spoke to him afterwards) not saying he is not a little bit crazy, but this sixth rounder never stopped getting better. At 290 lbs, he has been a force who rushes the passer from the outside and the 3 technique equally well. He has improved dramatically against the run. Any player who is so passionate about football probably has deep feelings for other things as well. I am sure Mom falls into that category. Praying for Greg’s mom, whatever is wrong.

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