Illness keeps Greg Hardy from OTA

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy missed his second organized team activity in as many weeks, but this had nothing to do with the appeal of his 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Hardy stayed away Wednesday because he was sick, and the team anticipates him being able to take part in Thursday's OTA.

"I don't have any reason why he wouldn't [be at the OTA]," executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "He has been one of the hardest workers out here. He had a little stomach bug and he didn't make it."

Hardy's appeal was heard last week by NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson in Washington D.C., causing him to miss last Thursday's OTA. Jones said the appeal's process takes 1-2 weeks before a judgment is made.

Hardy is currently suspended for the first 10 games for what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called multiple violations of the personal conduct policy stemming from an incident with a former girlfriend last year in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The NFL Players Association argued that the league applied the new personal conduct policy in determining Hardy's punishment even though the incident happened before the policy was adjusted.

The Cowboys have no role in the appeal.

"It's tough to speculate on these type of things," Jones said. "It's something that is not in our control. We will respect the process. We knew this was going to be a part of it. Wherever that comes down, we'll be ready to move forward."