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NFL suspends Greg Hardy for 10 games
  • ESPN.com news services

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has been suspended 10 games without pay for "conduct detrimental to the league," the NFL said in a statement.

Hardy's suspension is the result of a two-month NFL investigation following the dismissal of his domestic violence case.

A source told ESPN's Jane McManus that the NFLPA plans to appeal the league's ruling.

Hardy's court case ended with all charges being dropped after the victim, Hardy's former girlfriend, chose not to cooperate with North Carolina authorities.

"The NFL's investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances," the league said in its statement, and also noted Hardy's suspension would be "appropriate under any version of the Personal Conduct Policy or its predecessors."

The NFL was in possession of photos taken by police of the incident. A judge initially found Hardy guilty, but Hardy appealed and requested a jury trial in superior court, and the result was set aside. Hardy later asked that his record be expunged.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2010, Hardy was placed on the inactive list before the second game this past season and the commissioner's exempt list before the third game until his domestic violence case was resolved. Hardy's contract with the Panthers expired following the 2014 season, but the team made no effort to re-sign the talented pass-rusher.

Hardy joined Dallas this offseason on a one-year deal worth up to $13 million. The Cowboys structured Hardy's contract in such a way that he would earn most of his money through per-game roster bonuses, knowing he could miss games once the NFL made a ruling.

Hardy will be eligible to return to the Cowboys (who have a bye in Week 6) for their Week 12 game against the Panthers.

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