NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that Hardy's trial has been postponed, according to a source involved in the process.
Rapoport later reported, per a Panthers source, that Hardy had been texting teammates, planning to be at facility near his original trial date of Nov. 17. Hardy was confident he would be found not guilty and play.
When Hardy was placed at the exempt list, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said the defensive end would not play until his legal issues were resolved.
Hardy was playing under a one-year contract as the team's franchise player and will be a free agent after the season.