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Carolina star end hopes he can stay

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Convicted Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy said he wants to remain with the Panthers beyond this season.

Hardy addressed the media before Sunday's practice but refused to answer questions about his recent conviction on two domestic violence charges except to say, "I hate that I have distracted my team."

Hardy, 25, was convicted this month of assault and communicating threats for attacking his ex-girlfriend in his apartment May 13. He is appealing the conviction.

When asked directly and indirectly about his conviction, Hardy, who faces a possible penalty from the NFL, replied on six different occasions "I can't answer that question."

Last week, general manager Dave Gettleman refused to say how the conviction might impact Hardy's long-term future with the team, saying only he is under contract for one season.

This offseason, the Panthers made Hardy their franchise player. He signed the one-year tender worth $13.1 million and said he was glad to do so.

"I get to stay another year and hang out with my guys and play some football," said Hardy, who tied a franchise record with 15 sacks last season and has 26 over the past two seasons. "Nothing really wrong with that."

Hardy said he wants to re-sign: "I love this place. This is a great atmosphere. I love the ownership and my teammates. I have had a great five years here."

More Panthers: Guard Travelle Wharton, 33, retired. He played 115 games (111 starts) over nine seasons with the Panthers and one with the Bengals.

Bills: Tight end Scott Chand­ler sustained a groin injury, and it's unknown how long he will be out. Saturday, Tony Moeaki, with whom Chandler is competing to start, sustained a hamstring injury. He is out indefinitely.

49ers: A day after Kendall Hunter was diagnosed with a season-ending torn right ACL, fellow backup running back LaMichael James was carted off with an apparent arm injury. The team didn't have an update on his condition.

Jets: The top two picks from May are hurt. First-rounder and safety Calvin Pryor was diagnosed with a concussion a day after getting hurt while covering a kickoff. He is out indefinitely. Second-rounder and tight end Jace Amaro hurt his right knee during a drill. He said he expects to miss only a few practices. Also, starting right guard Willie Colon practiced for the first time since offseason arthroscopic knee surgery.

Vikings: Tight end Kyle Rudolph signed a five-year extension Fox Sports reported is for $36.5 million ($20 million guaranteed). While missing eight games with a broken left foot last season, he caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. He caught nine touchdowns in 2012.

Carolina star end hopes he can stay 07/27/14 [Last modified: Sunday, July 27, 2014 11:22pm]

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