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Carolina Panthers: Greg Hardy sits out practice to rest bruised shoulder

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy didn’t practice Monday, but he was still dragging after a long day in what has been a long summer.

Hardy was at Bank of America Stadium for an early-morning workout, but was held out of the two-hour afternoon practice as he recovers from a bruised left shoulder.

Hardy reiterated Monday he is trying to stay focused on football, despite a domestic violence conviction in July and a pending jury trial in appeals court in November. The Panthers have indicated the NFL plans to wait until after Hardy’s second trial – a district judge found him guilty – before handing out any possible punishment.

Hardy said he has not heard from commissioner Roger Goodell on the matter.

“I haven’t heard anything from anybody,” Hardy said.

Hardy and defensive end Charles Johnson, who have a combined $29.5 million salary cap figure this year, are both sidelined and aren’t expected to play Thursday at Pittsburgh. Johnson has played in one exhibition as he deals with a hamstring issue.

Hardy injured his shoulder at training camp and aggravated it last week at New England. The Panthers’ $13.1-million man feels confident he’ll be ready for Week 1 at Tampa Bay.

“It’s all right. It’s doing pretty good. I’m getting it conditioned, getting it ready for the season,” said Hardy, who was given the franchise tag in March. “I played through it (against the Patriots). It wasn’t anything serious where I’m done forever. Just enough to sit down and be cautious about it.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Johnson and Hardy worked on their pass-rush moves on the side during Monday’s practice.

“So from what I saw, I feel pretty comfortable and confident they’ll be ready to go once we get started for next week,” Rivera said.

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