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When Greg Hardy arrived at the Dallas Cowboys during the offseason, there was already plenty of debate about his character.

And the defensive end did little to convince people that he's one of the good guys over the weekend, with his sideline antics during Dallas' game versus the Giants leading to criticism from most (if not Jerry Jones).

But now a new report from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport has revealed that Hardy's midgame meltdown wasn't his first indiscretion of the week.

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According to Rapoport, Hardy went AWOL for a period last Thursday as his teammates put in the hard work on the practice field.

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Failing to turn up to practice on time is one thing, but not even bothering to let anyone know is another.

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Although, looking into Hardy's past, perhaps the Cowboys should get used to being without the multi-time Pro Bowler as they prepare for games.

As noted in several reports, Hardy missed a whole host of practice sessions during his college days - even taking spontaneous trips back home without telling the team - and he was also a regular on the DNP list when with the Carolina Panthers.

There is no doubt that the DE is a talented player, and he has shown that at times since returning from his early-season suspension.

However, with so many red flags against his name, you have to wonder whether his presence in the locker room is what Dallas need right now as they look to present a united front during a difficult period of their season.

Fighting on the sideline and not showing up on time for practice will hardly ingratiate him with the Cowboys fans - or his fellow players.

Cowboys fans: Are you worried about Hardy's influence, or is his on-field play more important? Have your say in the comments below...

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