Defensive end Greg Hardy missed most of the morning meetings before Thursday’s practice, a source confirmed.
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports was the first to report Hardy’s tardiness.
Hardy practiced Thursday and started at right defensive end Sunday. He played 60 of 71 snaps against the Bucs, making one tackle.
In his five games with the Cowboys, Hardy has 17 tackles and four sacks. The Cowboys have yet to win with him.
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Hardy’s late arrival Thursday came a day after he briefly changed his Twitter profile claiming his innocence in a domestic violence incident in May 2014. On Nov. 6, Deadspin released photos of the injuries to his ex-girlfriend during the alleged attack.
Coach Jason Garrett acknowledged last week he talked to Hardy about his Twitter bio. The Cowboys have had to address at least four off-field incidents with Hardy since they signed him last spring.
Hardy has not addressed the media in a couple of weeks.
But defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was asked Thursday afternoon – the day Hardy was tardy -- if the off-field issues were weighing on Hardy.
“I think he’s going through – it’s a tough time,” Marinelli said. “He’s just got to come back in every day and work back at it, work at his craft – a craft he really loves. He’s got to have that ability to stay focused and in the present.”
The team has continued to support Hardy and publicly have said they would be open to signing him to a long-term deal. Coaches and teammates maintain that Hardy has been anything but a distraction.
“I think it’s his passion for the game,” Marinelli said Thursday when asked why he thinks Hardy will take advantage of his second chance. “His mindset and wanting to work. He really loves playing football. You’ve been around guys. You’ve seen that. It’s a driving force for him – his work habits, all of those things. So hopefully we just keep grinding away with it and got to make sure – he wants to do so much, you can’t do too much. Just play the game and get his pads down and do those things correctly because he is the type of guy who can really be a force for us.”