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Greg Hardy made first appearance at stadium since going on exempt list

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy visited Bank of America Stadium last Saturday for the first time since being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list on Sept. 17.

Coach Ron Rivera said the 2013 Pro Bowl selection stopped by before the team left for Minnesota.

“He looks good,’’ Rivera said. “Looks like he’s fit and in shape. I had a chance to say hello, talk a little bit. Between he and I, it was a nice conversation. He’s trying to keep himself busy and he’s just waiting to find out what his situation and circumstances are going to be.’’

The league has said repeatedly that Hardy will remain on the list until his domestic violence case is resolved. His November trial date was postponed until sometime early in 2015 due to a backed-up case load.

Hardy has been paid $770,000 a week while on the exempt list. He is set to become a free agent after the season. The Panthers have not expressed whether they will attempt to re-sign him.

Rivera has said several times since Hardy was placed on the exempt list that he would be welcomed back to the stadium at the appropriate time. He had no reason for why Hardy stopped by on Saturday other than to meet with “a few guys.’’

Rivera said Hardy did not address the team.