Greg Hardy drew the most attention Wednesday, the second day of the Cowboys’ organized team activities, even though the defensive end didn’t talk to the media.
He walked off the practice field with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who grabbed Hardy’s hand at one point.
“He comes to work every day,” Marinelli said. “He doesn’t say much. He just comes to work. He’s a detail guy. He’s got talent. The guy really loves football. That’s special.”
Hardy will miss Thursday’s OTA to attend the appeal of his 10-game NFL suspension. Harold Henderson will hear the case at 9 a.m. CT in Washington, D.C.
“No real comment beyond just supporting him, and this is part of the process that he’s going to go through in appealing this suspension,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He and his representatives will handle it as well as they can, and we’ll see what happens. The biggest thing is to handle it the right way. We’re going to try to handle it the right way as an organization, and we expect him to handle it the right way as an individual player.”
The NFLPA emailed several points it intends to argue, including the “retroactive application of the new personal conduct policy held illegal by federal court in [the Adrian] Peterson case.” NFL policy at the time of Hardy’s arrest dictated a two-game suspension.
“Our union will always protect the rights of our players under the collective bargaining agreement,” said George Atallah, the NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs. “The NFL continues to believe they have the ability to make up rules as they go along, but our agreement plainly states they are bound by certain principles of fairness and due process.”
The Carolina Panthers paid Hardy $13.1 million last season, though he played only one game before being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. He signed with the Cowboys in March before Roger Goodell suspended Hardy for more than half the season for “conduct detrimental to the league.”
Hardy, 26, recorded 26 sacks in 2012 and 2013 combined. He had one sack in his one game last year. Dallas made only 28 sacks last season.
The Cowboys have liked what they have seen out of Hardy so far.
“He’s an animal, man,” defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey said. “He’s going to give it his all. He’s going to work hard. He’s got a lot to prove, man. I’m glad that he’s approaching his opportunity with the Cowboys the right way.
“…Everybody likes him here. So far, so good. He’s doing a good job.”
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