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Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy misses OTA workout for ‘maintenance’ on legs

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TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday he wasn’t concerned about Greg Hardy’s absence from the practice field as he had “maintenance” on his legs. Rivera said he expected Hardy back on Thursday.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy did not participate with the team at Wednesday’s OTA practice.

Instead, he stayed inside the team facilities and nursed his legs, a process coach Ron Rivera dubbed “maintenance” rather than rehab.

“There’s no surgery, no major injury or anything,” Rivera said. “He should be on the field tomorrow.”

Rivera noted Hardy had a knee injury history and, because it’s the offseason, Rivera said he wanted to be cautious with one of the team’s highest-paid players.

In the previous two OTA sessions open to the media, Hardy was a force on the field and was commended for his play by Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman. The Panthers used the franchise tag on Hardy earlier this offseason, and the fifth-year player will receiver $13.1 million in 2014.

Last month he was arrested on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats. Hardy has not spoken to the media since his arrest. He has a court date for June 27.

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