With Adrian Peterson's courtroom victory, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is going to seek immediate reinstatement as he remains on the commissioner's exempt list.
Peterson made $13.1 million last season, but played just one game after domestic violence charges were filed against him. They were eventually dismissed.
Hardy's lawyers have been working toward a case for reinstatement.
“This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness,” NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement. “Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players’ rights. This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game.”
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.