Greg Hardy's suspension reduced from 10 games to four

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Greg Hardy will be back on the field sooner than anticipated.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive end had his 10-game suspension reduced to four on Friday, the league announced. Hardy's ban was for conduct detrimental to the NFL in regards to domestic violence charges brought against him that were eventually dropped. Despite the dropped charges, the league concluded there was credible evidence that Hardy assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

The NFLPA immediately filed an appeal of the decision and the league appointed independent arbitrator Harold Henderson to hear it. The latter released a statement following his decision on Friday:

“After consideration of all the record evidence and arguments, I conclude that the Commissioner acted within his authority and properly exercised his discretion in finding that Hardy violated the NFL Personal Conduct Policy…I find that the conduct of Hardy clearly violates the letter and spirit of any version of the PCP since its inception, and of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws long before then. The egregious conduct exhibited here is indefensible in the NFL. However, ten games is simply too much, in my view, of an increase over prior cases without notice such as was done last year, when the ‘baseline’ for discipline in domestic violence or sexual assault cases was announced as a six-game suspension. Therefore, the discipline of Mr. Hardy hereby is modified to a suspension of four games; all other terms of the discipline letter remain in place.”

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