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Panthers notes: Greg Hardy back for another chance at Carson Palmer

As expected, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will get another shot at Carson Palmer.

Hardy returned to practice Friday after missing two days with a fever and illness, and is listed as probable for Sunday's game at Arizona. Hardy arrived at practice Friday wearing a hooded sweatshirt under his jersey.

But Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Hardy will be ready.

"He practiced today," Rivera said. "He took the full reps that he was supposed to and he looked good moving around."

Hardy and the rest of the defensive line will take aim at Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, who — as a member of the Raiders last year — was knocked out of a Week 16 loss to the Panthers following a blind-sided hit by Hardy. Hardy was penalized for unnecessary roughness for leading with his head, and was fined $25,000 by the league.

Palmer, who sustained cracked ribs and a bruised lung on the play, said this week he thought it was a clean hit by Hardy.

The Panthers got good news on the injury front with another defensive lineman. Rookie defensive tackle Kawann Short also is listed as probable after returning to practice two days after rolling his ankle.

The Panthers will be without three defensive players, including two starters — defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (hamstring), strong safety Quintin Mikell (ankle) and reserve cornerback D.J. Moore (knee).

All three missed the Giants' game two weeks ago, as well.

GO WEST: The Panthers' charter left for Phoenix on Friday afternoon, a day earlier than most road trips so the team has to time to adjust to the three-hour time difference.

"You get acclimated to the time change. You get acclimated to the weather," running back DeAngelo Williams said. "And whether people believe it or not, crossing over a couple of time zones makes a big difference."

The Panthers plan to hold a walkthough at University of Phoenix Stadium at 1:05 p.m. local time Saturday.

"We'll be able to go work out at the stadium as well," Rivera said. "We intend to do it at the time of kickoff, so that our guys get a little feel for what it's going to be like that time of day."

EXPANDING HIS ROLE: Any players pushing curfew Friday night had to deal with Rivera, who handled the bed-check duties himself. Apparently, it's a custom of Rivera's on two-night road trips.

"I tell the players, I'm the one doing the bed-check on the first night," Rivera said. "I've always done it and I'll continue to do it."

Rivera did not specify to reporters when curfew was, only that it would be later than the Saturday night lights-out time.

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