Dallas Cowboys defensive end, Greg Hardy, has today seen his 10-game suspension for domestic abuse charges reduced to four games.
Six weeks after an original appeal hearing the arbitrator opted to uphold the suspension but Harold Henderson’s decision to reduce it's length by more than half will still provide a boost to the Dallas franchise.
The suspension is in relation to a domestic abuse charge Hardy received last year that ultimately limited his participation in the 2014 campaign to just one game.
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The Cowboys came in for criticism off the field when they decided to sign Greg Hardy earlier this offseason, and the move looked to have backfired on the gridiron too when the 10-game ban was imposed back in April.
Now though, the former Carolina Panthers star will be free to play as early as October 11th against the New England Patriots.
Whether the player himself accepts the latest development remains to be seen. Hardy and his representatives have always said they would challenge any punishment beyond the two-game suspension originally imposed over 12 months ago.
The fact that the ban has been reduced to just four games, though, is already likely to erk some in the game.
Hardy's charges, for domestic assault on a former girlfriend, were ultimately dismissed after said girlfriend failed to appear at a jury trial but many feel reducing his suspension to the same length as Tom Brady's recent DeflateGate ban is unjust.
Of course the defensive end's reduced ban today could point to a positive resolution for the reigning Super Bowl MVP. Brady himself is expected to learn the outcome of his own appeal as early as next week.
Regardless of where you stand on the moral grounds of Greg Hardy's four game ban there is no doubting that it is a major boost for the Dallas Cowboys.
Hardy remains one of the most dominant defensive ends in the game when he is on the field and the Cowboys can now look forward to playing most of the 2015 season with the Pro Bowler in the lineup.
Plugging in alongside second round draft pick Randy Gregory, Hardy could seriously boost the Dallas Cowboys defense at a time when their offense is regarded as one of the most potent in the NFL.
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