Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy returns to team’s voluntary workouts

jperson@charlotteobserver.comMay 19, 2014 

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy returned to the team and participated in organized team activities Monday, less than a week after being charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

After taking a couple of days off following his release from jail last week, Hardy was back at Bank of America Stadium for the voluntary workout program, according to two league sources.

General manager Dave Gettleman said last week the Panthers planned to “let the legal process take its course” before deciding on any possible disciplinary action for Hardy.

The Panthers recently agreed to give Hardy a $1.3 million advance – 10 percent of his guaranteed $13.1 million franchise tag – if he attended all of the offseason workouts.

Hardy faces two misdemeanor charges, assaulting a female and communicating threats, after an altercation early last Tuesday morning at his uptown residence on North Tryon.

Nicole Holder, who said she began dating Hardy in September, told investigators he threw her into a tile tub area in the bathroom, choked her, picked her up and threw her on to a futon “covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns,” according to court documents.

Chris Fialko, Hardy’s attorney, said it was Nicole Holder, Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, who attacked Hardy.

Holder said Hardy has been upset recently about her “short-lived relationship” with Nelly, the Grammy-winning rapper and Charlotte Bobcats part-owner.

Hardy was released on $17,000 bond Wednesday and ordered to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week and turn over all of his weapons to sheriff’s deputies.

Hardy surrendered 10 guns Friday, including six semi-automatic rifles and three 12-gauge shotguns.

Hardy’s next scheduled court date is June 27, which could be his bench trial on the two misdemeanor charges.

CANADIAN OT SIGNED: The Panthers doubled the size of their Canadian club, signing former University of Montreal offensive lineman David Foucault.

Foucault, who attended last weekend’s rookie minicamp as a tryout player, is a 6-foot-7, 300-pound tackle who grew up playing hockey in Quebec.

Foucault (pronounced foo-KOH) was the No. 5 overall pick in the CFL draft, by the Montreal Alouettes. He joins Panthers second-year defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh, the top overall pick in the 2013 CFL draft.

The Panthers also signed punter Jordan Gay, who was with them during the preseason last year. They agreed to terms on a two-year deal with linebacker Billy Boyko, according to his agent.

Boyko, 22, was part of Oakland’s final roster cuts last August after signing with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Lehigh.

The Panthers waived three offensive linemen – Travis Bond, Mike Jasper and Phillipkeith Manley.

The moves will leave the Panthers at the offseason roster limit of 90 players, including their five draft picks who have not yet signed.

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