Updates from Friday, Sept. 12
Steve Reed of the Associated Press provides an update on Greg Hardy's official Week 2 status:
Ron Rivera said Greg Hardy will start and play.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) September 12, 2014
Cam Newton and Greg Hardy are probable.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) September 12, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
The Panthers' official Twitter feed has the latest on Hardy:
Rivera says DEs Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson took all their reps in practice today and looked good.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 3, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Steve Reed of the Associated Press updated Greg Hardy's status from Panthers practice on Monday:
Panthers DE Greg Hardy also I pads and ready to go. Looks like Panthers are pretty healthy heading into Week 1.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) September 1, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27
Black and Blue Review reported on Greg Hardy's status:
Greg Hardy will actually travel and suit up. MAY play. Again, expect a little bit of Kuechly.— Black & Blue Review (@BlackBlueReview) August 27, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer has an update on Hardy:
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy didn’t practice Monday, but he was still dragging after a long day in what has been a long summer.
Hardy was at Bank of America Stadium for an early-morning workout, but was held out of the two-hour afternoon practice as he recovers from a bruised left shoulder.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
The Panthers updated Greg Hardy's status for Monday's practice:
LB Thomas Davis, G Trai Turner and DE Greg Hardy among players not participating in practice today.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 25, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24
The Panthers provided an update on Hardy's status:
QB Cam Newton and DEs Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy are not practicing today. G Trai Turner out as well.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 24, 2014
The Carolina Panthers received a scare on Friday night when defensive end Greg Hardy was ruled out of the game after suffering a shoulder bruise, according to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer:
Panthers DE Greg Hardy has a shoulder bruise is out for the game.— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 23, 2014
During the offseason, Hardy signed his franchise tender with the team which will pay him $13.116 million this year, via Spotrac.com. Hardy was instrumental in Carolina's defensive surge in 2013 when the team finished second in the league in yards allowed and points per game, as the defensive end tallied 59 tackles a career-high 15 sacks and one forced fumble.
The veteran defensive tackle is expected to play a huge role once again this season opposite Charles Johnson on a very strong defensive front.
While a shoulder bruise isn't a serious injury, Hardy's situation is certainly something to monitor, as the Panthers' regular-season opener—an important road contest against the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers—is just over two weeks away.