Hardy has been downgraded to questionable for Sunday's season finale against the New Orleans Saints (7-8). Dayton says it is possible Hardy could make it to the game on his own, but as of Saturday night he was not with his teammates at the team hotel.
Hardy was excused from practice this past week to deal with the matter.
Hardy is in the midst of his best season with 11 sacks and 23 quarterback pressures for the Panthers (6-9).
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