Greg Hardy Suspension Reduced to 4 Games After Appeal

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2015

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy looks on during an NFL football organized team activity, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy saw his suspension reduced from 10 games to four on appeal, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. However, the fight may not be over yet. 

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on July 8, the 26-year-old former Carolina Panthers standout will not accept anything more than a two-game ban since his alleged domestic violence incident occurred before the NFL cracked down on such situations due to Ray Rice.

Also, Hardy was already forced to sit out 15 games last season.

This comes on the heels of Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reporting that Hardy may have been losing the will to fight against the discipline the NFL imposed against him:

Hardy is certainly ready to get back on the field, but a reduced suspension will be hugely beneficial to the Cowboys as well, considering their need to improve defensively in 2015.

Dallas is also set to be without linebacker Rolando McClain for the first four games of the season due to his violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. According to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com, that is problematic when taking into account the quality of the Cowboys' opponents early in the season:

Jimmy Kempski @JimmyKempski

Cowboys won't have Rolando McClain & Greg Hardy the 1st 4 weeks of 2015. First 4 opponents were ranked #1, #5, #8, & #10 in offense last yr.

Having a player of Hardy's caliber on the field will make a huge difference for Dallas, as he registered 15 sacks in his last full season back in 2013.

Hardy is one of the best players in football at his position when he plays, and while that hasn't happened often since last season, he figures to do everything in his power to ensure he is back in action by Week 3 of the 2015 campaign.

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