Hardy's appeal on domestic violence charges set for Feb. 9
Hardy is appealing his conviction on two counts of domestic violence last July.
The case is being prosecuted by the DA's domestic violence team.
Hardy was a Pro Bowl player for the Panthers in 2013 after tying a team record with 15 sacks. He was signed as Carolina's franchise player and made $13.1 million despite playing in just one game in 2014.
He spent the majority of the season on the commissioner's exempt list.
The 26-year-old Hardy will become an unrestricted free agent in March, and some teammates have already said they want the Panthers to re-sign him.
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