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Gregory Misstep Could Give Hardy Leverage

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 08: Greg Hardy #76 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on from the sidelines before the Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    According to just about every report you hear right now, the Dallas Cowboys have no intention of bringing back troubled defensive end Greg Hardy, especially not after he was awful and failed miserably to live up to his hype as a player in 2015.

    Hardy had 35 tackles and six sacks with a forced fumble and a pick in 12 games after missing the first four games of the season for a personal conduct suspension. Those numbers were about the best the Cowboys had in terms of rushing the passer, but they were nowhere close to the expectations Hardy brought with him, along with some excessive personal baggage on the heels of a domestic violence charge.

    But with the most recent developments in Cowboys pass-rushers, could Hardy be brought back, after all?

    Randy Gregory, who flopped as a rookie a year ago, failed his fourth drug test and was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, the league announced over the weekend.

    That leaves the Cowboys with not much at all in terms of pass-rushers, and it could open the door for Hardy to have some leverage with his market likely to be a very small one given his lack of performance this past season and all the additional trouble that comes with him.