Panthers RE Greg Hardy (not injury related) has been downgraded from probable to questionable for Week 17 versus the Saints.
Hardy is dealing with a family matter back home. His loss would be felt along the Carolina front. Hardy, 24, was once considered a top-ten draft talent when he was at Ole Miss, but character concerns forced him into the sixth round in 2010. He has finally started to live up to that potential. Hardy has racked up 11 sacks and 61 tackles this season to form a solid defensive end duo along with Charles Johnson in Carolina. Pro Football Focus has graded Hardy out as the sixth-best 4-3 end in the league through 16 weeks.