The NFL has obtained permission to access photos submitted into evidence for
A judge in North Carolina signed off on all parties, including the NFL and NFLPA, involved in the case to have access to photos of alleged assault against Hardy's former girlfriend, without the district attorney giving up custody of the images.
A decision from the NFL in Hardy's case has yet to be handed down, but is expected to be announced soon, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. The images in the assault case will help the league determine punishment to be handed down on Hardy, who signed a one-year deal with Dallas this offseason.
"We are trying to get as many facts as we possibly can to make the most informed decision we can so that we can uphold standards that we put forward in our personal conduct policy," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week at the owners meeting. "So I expect that that will conclude sometime in the near future and we'll make a decision shortly after."
Hardy played in only one game last season for the Panthers after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list due to domestic violence charges.
The 26-year-old had double-digit sack totals the two years prior to 2014, 15 and 11 respectively. Over his five-year career, he has registered 204 total tackles, 34.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed and seven forced fumbles.
"I don't have that kind of interest in doing that," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "While he may find one thing he likes about Hardy's contract, after that I don't think there's a lot for him to like about it.''
Most of Hardy's money is non-guaranteed.
Head coach Jason Garrett and the
"If we didn’t believe that Greg Hardy could become the right kind of guy we would not have signed him. We were not going to sign a contract where we didn’t have that ability to hold him accountable," said Garrett.
Hardy only played in one game last season due to being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. The 26-year-old had a career-year in 2013 finishing with 15 sacks. He recently signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys worth up to $13 million.
Hardy posted a photo of himself in the team's locker room wearing a Cowboys hat and said he was happy to have an opportunity.
Last season, Hardy played in one game after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list due to a domestic violence case, which was eventually dismissed.
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