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Hardy meets with his attorney, misses practice

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy missed Wednesday's practice for personal reasons, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

Rivera said it was an excused absence and not tied to any possible disciplinary action by the league stemming from Hardy's ongoing criminal domestic violence case. Rivera deferred to Hardy and his legal representation when asked whether Hardy's absence was connected to any criminal matter.

Chris Fialko, Hardy's Charlotte-based attorney, said he had a meeting with Hardy on Wednesday. Fialko declined to divulge the details of the meetings or what the two discussed.

A district judge in July found Hardy guilty of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder during an early-morning altercation at Hardy's uptown condo in May.

Hardy immediately appealed for a jury trial, which has been set for Nov. 17. Under North Carolina law, defendants charged with misdemeanors who appeal are automatically granted a jury trial.

A league spokesman said Tuesday Hardy's situation remains under review. The Panthers have indicated the NFL plans to wait until Hardy's case is resolved before imposing any disciplinary action on Hardy.

Fialko said in August he believes Hardy's case will not be heard until next year, which would come after the conclusion of the NFL's regular season.

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