After the league's decision to suspend Adrian Peterson for the remainder of the season,
Like Peterson, Hardy was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list in mid-September. His domestic violence trial was delayed from Nov. 17 until early next year. He is expected to be a free agent at the end of the season.
When asked if the team would have any interest in bringing him back next season, Rivera said, "We'll see. That's all a part of the evaluation process. It's also of a part of dealing with the salary cap and all those other issues that come up with guys that are free agents."
He remains on the commissioner's exempt list and cannot participate in any team activities.
An exact date for the trial has not been set, per the Charlotte Observer. The district attorney's office explained Tuesday the date was moved because of a crowded court docket.
"The District Attorney’s Office must now adjust the dockets in several courtrooms, affecting multiple cases that had been scheduled for the coming weeks," the statement said. "These changes will affect the Domestic Violence Team’s cases scheduled for the week of Nov. 17. A number of matters must be continued."
Hardy has been on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list since mid-September. It is unknown how this latest news will impact his playing status for the rest of the season.
Hardy's trial for domestic violence has reportedly been pushed back to the offseason. After playing Week 1, Hardy was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list. Hardy's trial was initially expected to take place in mid-November.
Hardy's trial was initially expected to take place in mid-November, but has been pushed until some time after the season. Hardy started the first game of the season for the Panthers before being placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list. Hardy is awaiting jury trial on domestic violence charges.
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