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NFL Reaches Deal With D.A. To Examine Photos From Greg Hardy's Trial

Apr 1, 2015 1:51 PM

The NFL has reached a deal with the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) District Attorney’s office to look at seven photos from Greg Hardy’s bench trial last summer. 

Hardy was found guilty in that trial, but appealed to have a jury trial and then had the charges dismissed when accuser Nicole Holder failed to appear in court.

Hardy signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason and awaits a suspension from the NFL.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the photos are of Holder’s injuries and were taken by “a medical advocate.” They will only be seen by the NFL, NFLPA and any experts involved in the investigation.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

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Panthers Sign Jarrett Boykin

Mar 27, 2015 4:04 PM

The Carolina Panthers have signed Jarrett Boykin.

Boykin is coming off a third season with the Green Bay Packers where he caught just three balls for 25 yards.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Greg Hardy To Choose Between Cowboys, Buccaneers

Mar 18, 2015 11:55 AM

Greg Hardy will choose between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Hardy is undergoing a physical on Wednesday.

Hardy, 26, was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection after leading Carolina with 15 sacks, tying a team single-season record.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Raiders In Discussions With Greg Hardy

Mar 13, 2015 12:24 AM

The Oakland Raiders are in discussions with Greg Hardy on a contract.

Hardy is a free agent and remains on the commissioner's exempt list following domestic violence charges from the 2014 offseason that were eventually dismissed.

Hardy became one of the NFL's best pass rushers in 2012 and 2013.

Jordan Schultz/Huffington Post

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Greg Hardy To Meet With NFL

Mar 3, 2015 9:08 PM

Greg Hardy will meet with NFL officials on Wednesday to discuss his domestic violence case and possible reinstatement.

Hardy is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10 and has been on the commissioner's exempt list since mid-September.

He remained on the list after a Mecklenburg County judge dropped his domestic violence charges on Feb. 9 because accuser Nicole Holder refused to cooperate with the district attorney's office after reaching a financial settlement with Hardy.

Previously, the suspension for a first offense was two games. Hardy was arrested on May 13 and found guilty of assaulting and threatening Holder on July 15 by a Mecklenburg County judge.

That verdict was set aside when Hardy appealed and asked for a jury trial, which never occurred because the charges were dropped.

The Carolina Panthers are not expected to re-sign Hardy.

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Panthers Release DeAngelo Williams

Feb 23, 2015 3:46 PM

The Carolina Panthers have released DeAngelo Williams.

The Panthers have about $6.6 million in dead money with the release of Williams.

Molly Grantham/WBTV

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Cam Newton Willing To Let QB Market Reset

Feb 22, 2015 6:05 PM

Cam Newton is comfortable letting the market for quarterbacks reset with Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson negotiating their deals.

Luck's deal could make him the highest-paid player in the NFL, while NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported this week Wilson could receive a potentially market-changing fully guaranteed contract.

Newton is scheduled to make a fully guaranteed $14.7 million in 2015 after the Carolina Panthers picked up his fifth-year option.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

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Greg Hardy's Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed

Feb 9, 2015 11:25 AM

Domestic violence charges against Greg Hardy have been dismissed by prosecutors after the accuser in the case couldn't be found.

Hardy's appeal in the case was set to begin Monday. But Mecklenburg County district attorney Andrew Murray told the judge that officials attempted many times to contact the woman, but failed.

Murray said Hardy had reached a civil suit agreement with the woman. Hardy and his attorney left the courthouse and did not answer questions.

Hardy was convicted last summer on assault on a female and communicating threats.

Hardy made $13.1 million last season despite playing in just one game before being placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List.

In the wake of the dropped charges, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport "(Hardy's) status remains unchanged until we fully review the matter."

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Suspension

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1


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Star Lotulelei Fractures Foot, Out At Least Two weeks

Jan 7, 2015 2:56 PM

Star Lotulelei suffered a fractured foot during Tuesday's practice and is out for at least the NFC divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

"Star will not play this week," Ron Rivera said in a conference call with Seattle reporters. "He broke a small bone in his foot and he had surgery this morning to repair it. It's one of those things that hopefully we get the opportunity to move on [in the playoffs] and if we do, he'll get to play."

Lotuleli could return for the Super Bowl if the Carolina Panthers were to advance.

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Injury

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Cam Newton Cleared To Play 11 Days After Accident
Cam Newton suffered two small fractures in his back during a car accident.

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Cam Newton To Play Week 16 If He Can Protect Himself
Cam Newton will play in Week 16 if Ron Rivera is confident he can protect himself.

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Cam Newton Released From Hospital, Derek Anderson To Start
Derek Anderson will start for the Panthers with Cam Newton recovering from his car accident.

Cam Newton Has Two Fractures In Back Following Car Crash
Cam Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back during his Tuesday car accident.

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Cam Newton Injured After Truck Flips Over Four Times
Cam Newton has been injured in a two-car crash and taken to a Charlotte hospital.

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Greg Hardy Wants To Play Again This Season
Greg Hardy hopes to play again this season while his domestic violence case is pending.

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Greg Hardy Will Miss Remainder Of Season As Trial Postponed
Greg Hardy was found guilty in a bench trial of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, which is now under appeal.

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Kelvin Benjamin Ran Slower 40 To Be Drafted By Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin was drafted with the 28th overall pick.

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Cam Newton Won't Avoid Sherman, Also Won't Be Idiot
Richard Sherman will likely draw Kelvin Benjamin on a lot of snaps, which is a matchup Cam Newton won't ignore.

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Panthers To Give Cam Newton Extension 'In Due Time'
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Steve Smith: Panthers, Gettleman Released Me For Personal Reasons
Dave Gettleman allegedly told Steve Smith that he wasn't as good as he formerly was, while also serving as a distraction to the team.

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Greg Hardy Placed On Exempt List
Greg Hardy will not be allowed to play until the case is resolved and a suspension will be forthcoming thereafter.

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Panthers, Greg Hardy Discuss Exempt List Possibility
Greg Hardy is one of the NFL's best pass rushers and was convicted of two domestic violence charges by a bench trial.


Panthers Unsure If Greg Hardy Will Play Week 3
The Panthers have no plans to release Greg Hardy, who was found guilty of assaulting and threatening ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder.

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Greg Hardy Inactive For Week 2
Greg Hardy had been scheduled to start, but assumedly will be kept off the field due to the overwhelming criticism the NFL has received.

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Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

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Cam Newton Has Fractured Rib
Cam Newton suffered a hairline fracture to a rib during Friday night's loss at the Patriots.

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Patriots Claim Tyler Gaffney On Waivers
Tyler Gaffney, a sixth-round draft choice out of Stanford, sustained a season-ending knee injury in a practice Friday.

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Tyler Gaffney Out For 2014 Season With Knee Injury
Tyler Gaffney rushed for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior last season.

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Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List
Brill Barnwell has released his 2014 NFL Trade Value rankings, headlined by Russell Wilson at No. 1 and Andrew Luck at No. 2.

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