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Goodell says there’s no timetable for a ruling on Cowboys’ Greg Hardy

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is still investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy. Goodell spoke to the media on the final day of the owners meetings Wednesday.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is still investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy. Goodell spoke to the media on the final day of the owners meetings Wednesday. AP

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league still investigating defensive end Greg Hardy for a possible suspension under the personal conduct policy.

Goodell said he has no issue with the Dallas Cowboys signing Hardy to a one-year deal before a final ruling was made. Hardy is still on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list because of a 2014 domestic violence charge. The case was eventually dropped.

"Any team was free to sign Greg Hardy," Goodell said on the final day of the NFL owners meetings. "They understood that we were reviewing his case for potential discipline and that it continues."

Goodell said the league is doing their due diligence with the investigation and there is no timetable on a decision.

"We are trying to get as many facts as we possibly can and make the most informed decision we can so that we can uphold the standards that we purport in the personal conduct policy," Goodell said. "So I expect that will conclude sometime in the near future and we’ll make a decision shortly after."

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team understood Hardy would likely get a suspension from the league when they signed him last week. It's all reflected in unique, incentive-laden, one-year deal.

But it is the Cowboys understanding, per Garrett, that Hardy will be allowed to participate in training camp and the off-season workouts regardless of a suspension.

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