The NFL is releasing the 2015 schedule this week, and Carolina Panthers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis plans to keep an eye on when the Panthers face Dallas.
With the league still yet to announce its discipline of Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy, Davis said he hopes the Panthers won’t have to face their former teammate.
“No one really knows what the league’s going to do suspension-wise,” Davis said Monday at Bank of America Stadium. “But I hope we play them early in the season and we don’t have to face him.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell said last month the league is close to wrapping up its investigation of Hardy, who was found guilty by a district judge last year of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.
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The charges were dismissed in February when prosecutors couldn’t locate the accuser, Nicole Holder, who received a financial settlement from Hardy.
The Panthers chose not to bring back Hardy, who signed an incentive-laden, one-year deal with the Cowboys that could be worth as much as $13 million.
Davis, speaking to reporters on the first day of the offseason workout program, talked about the additions the Panthers made on defense, particularly veteran cornerback Charles Tillman.
But he conceded it will be tough to replace Hardy, who tied a franchise record with 15 sacks in 2013 before sitting out all but one game last season.
Davis was asked how he think Hardy will perform in Dallas.
“I don’t know. I don’t really care either,” he said. “I hope he’s not that good and it doesn’t really work out for Dallas. But I know Hardy and I know what kind of player he is. He’s going to go in and he’s going to work his butt off. He’s definitely going to make that defense better.”
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