One should always check the DVL -- Domestic Violence List -- before one's favorite team is going to play on Sunday. As late as Friday, Carolina Panthers' coach Ron Rivera had said that he would start defensive end Greg Hardy while he is appealing his conviction in July of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. But earlier today the Panthers deactivated Hardy, so he won't play today.
The team won't comment further on Hardy's situation until after the game -- with the Detroit Lions in Charlotte. Both teams are 1-0.
The all-Pro was convicted in July on two counts of assault on a female and communicating threats, but was actively appealing the conviction. He was given a 60-day suspended sentence (in North Carolina) and 18 months probation. His next court date is Nov. 17.