NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that Hardy’s trial has been postponed, according to a source involved in the process. He will not play this season.
Hardy was arrested on charges of assault on a woman in May.
The Panthers announced in September that the defensive end had been placed on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission List, following the lead of the Minnesota Vikings‘ handling of the Adrian Peterson situation.
Hardy was playing under a one-year contract as the team’s franchise player and will be a free agent after the season.