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Cowboys hoping Greg Hardy’s suspension reduced on appeal

Greg Hardy (76) during OTA practice at Valley Ranch in Irving, TX, Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Greg Hardy (76) during OTA practice at Valley Ranch in Irving, TX, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Star-Telegram

Defensive end Greg Hardy drew the most attention Wednesday, the second day of the Dallas Cowboys’ organized team activities, even though the defensive end didn’t talk to the media.

He walked off the practice field with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who grabbed Hardy’s hand at one point.

“He comes to work every day,” Marinelli said. “He doesn’t say much. He just comes to work. He’s a detail guy. He’s got talent. The guy really loves football. That’s special.”

Hardy will miss Thursday’s organized team activity to attend the appeal of his 10-game NFL suspension. Harold Henderson will hear the case at 9 a.m. CDT in Washington.

“No real comment beyond just supporting him, and this is part of the process that he’s going to go through in appealing this suspension,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He and his representatives will handle it as well as they can, and we’ll see what happens. ... We’re going to try to handle it the right way as an organization, and we expect him to handle it the right way as an individual player.”

The NFLPA emailed several points it intends to argue, including the “retroactive application of the new personal conduct policy held illegal by federal court in [the Adrian] Peterson case.” NFL policy at the time of Hardy’s arrest in May 2014 dictated a two-game suspension.

The Carolina Panthers paid Hardy $13.1 million last season, though he played only one game before being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. He signed with the Cowboys in March before Roger Goodell suspended Hardy for more than half the season for “conduct detrimental to the league.”

Hardy, 26, recorded 26 sacks in 2012 and 2013 combined.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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