There are conflicting reports about the timing of the rule against face paint. A league spokesman told Newton that the rule is new, but a separate report from Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer said the rule is not new.
Hardy has not been penalized by the league after being found guilty on two counts of domestic violence. He is set to appeal the ruling in a Nov. 17 court date.
The 25-year-old amassed a team-high 15 sacks and 40 tackles for the Panthers last season. He is set to earn more than $13 million this season as a franchise player after failing to negotiate a long-term deal with the team.
- Chris Johnson