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Panthers not saying whether Greg Hardy will play

Greg Hardy

Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy cools off during an NFL football practice at their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


The Vikings believe in due process this week.

The Panthers are giving themselves more time to decide whether they do or not.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that defensive end/domestic violence defendant Greg Hardy was with the team today, but would not commit to him playing Sunday night against the Steelers.

The Panthers deactivated Hardy yesterday after playing him in the opener (pre-Ray Rice tape), and Rivera wasn’t tipping his hand about the future, but admitted the decision was difficult.

“If you play him and you win, you don’t have a conscience,” Rivera said. “You play him and you lose, it’s a distraction.”

He said Hardy would practice and attend meetings as normal, but he wasn’t ready to say when he’d make a final call on Sunday’s game.