The NFL has finally decided the fate of new Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy. He will be suspended for the first 10 regular season games for conduct detrimental to the league. Hardy was arrested on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats in May. Hardy was found guilty by a judge on July 15 and requested a jury trial, which was dismissed when the prosecution couldn't find the victim. He was placed on the Commissioner's exempt list in Week 2 last season and missed the remainder of the season.
The Cowboys signed Hardy to a 1 year deal that was worth up to $11.3 million. The deal was loaded with 53-man per game roster bonuses, and with his 10 game suspension, Hardy will lose $5,781,250 in potential earnings this year. Hardy and the NFLPA are expected to appeal the NFL's decision.
How does this affect the Washington Redskins this year. It doesn't. The Redskins play the Cowboys in Weeks 13 and 17, and unless Hardy has another violation of the league's policy, he will be a part of the Cowboys team. He is set to return on Thanksgiving against his former team, the Carolina Panthers. As far as how Hardy's suspension affects the rest of the NFC East, Hardy will be suspended for both Eagles game, and both Giants games(MARAAAAAA!!!).
Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today that he is suspended without pay for the team's first 10 games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the league in violation of the NFL Constitution and By-Laws, the NFL Player Contract, and the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.
In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Hardy was informed that an extensive two-month NFL investigation following the dismissal of his case in North Carolina state court determined that there was sufficient credible evidence that Hardy engaged in conduct that violated NFL policies in multiple respects and with aggravating circumstances.
[UPDATE: 4/23/15 3:45pm] The NFLPA has issued their response to Hardy's suspension