- Ed Werder, ESPN NFL Insider
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Dallas Cowboys pass-rusher Greg Hardy will miss the team's OTA session Thursday to attend and participate in the appeal of his 10-game NFL suspension, according to league sources. The appeals hearing is scheduled before Harold Henderson in Washington, D.C.
Hardy's argument is expected to be that he should not be punished since domestic violence charges against him were dismissed with prejudice when the alleged victim could not be located to testify, with prosecutors suggesting Hardy may have reached a financial settlement with her.
If the NFL is permitted to punish him, Hardy's representatives from the NFLPA will contend that discipline should be limited to two games under the NFL policy in effect at the time of the alleged incident.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued the 10-game suspension and said it was justified under either league personal conduct policy because of aggravating circumstances. While the league conducted its own investigation following the charges being dismissed, including looking at alleged victim photos, it is Hardy's contention the investigation was limited.