ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that some smart people around the league believe Cowboys DE Greg Hardy could get his 10-game suspension reduced to between two to six games following his appeal.
The NFL announced Hardy’s 10-game suspension on Wednesday for his involvement in a domestic abuse case that was eventually settled out of court, but it didn’t take long for him to file an appeal with the NFLPA.
“The net effect of these acts was that Ms. Holder was severely traumatized and sustained a range of injuries, including bruises and scratches on her neck, shoulders, upper chest, back, arms and feet,” Commissioner Goodell wrote. “The use of physical force under the circumstances present here, against a woman substantially smaller than you and in the presence of powerful, military-style assault weapons, constitutes a significant act of violence in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.”
According to the release provided by the NFL, their investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances.
In the event Hardy’s suspension stands, he stands to make $1.3 million in workout bonuses, a $750,000 base salary, and $3.468 million in roster bonuses in 2015, according to Todd Archer.
Archer adds that Hardy’s incentive package likely won’t be in play for him, considering that he would make $500,000 for eight sacks, $1 million for 10 sacks, $1.4 million for 12 sacks, and $1.8 million for 14 sacks.
Hardy, 26, signed a one-year contract worth $11.3 million with the Cowboys that includes weekly bonuses as a way to protect the team in the event he was suspended for this incident.
Last year, Hardy wound up appearing in just one game and recorded four tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble before he was placed on the commissioners expect list.
The Panthers used their franchise tag on the defensive end on him back in 2014, which paid him a salary of $13.116 million for the 2014 season.
We’ll have more regarding Hardy and his suspension as the news is available.