Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will try to obtain immediate reinstatement from the NFL following a judge's ruling on Thursday that overturned Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension, David Newton of ESPN reports.
Earlier on Thursday, a judge sided with the NFL Players Association and overturned Adrian Peterson's indefinite suspension, which was not slated to end until at least April 15.
In September, the Panthers placed Greg Hardy on the Commissioner's Exempt List, under which Hardy was deactivated with pay. Hardy was arrested last May after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
The defensive end was convicted in July of assaulting a female and communicating threats after it was determined he had thrown his ex-girlfriend into a bathtub, choked her, threatened to kill her and then threw her onto a futon covered with semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. But earlier this month, domestic abuse charges against Hardy were dropped after his accuser failed to show up to testify.
Hardy has not been suspended by the NFL, though the league has been investigating whether Hardy violated the NFL's personal code of conduct, according to ESPN. A violation would mandate a minimum six-game suspension.
A Pro Bowler in 2013, Hardy only played one game last season, though he still collected $13 million in salary.
- Stanley Kay