Hardy was arrested on domestic violence charges over a year ago, and did not play out the final year of his contract with the Carolina Panthers.
Hardy is expected to appeal the suspension, and may do well in the appeal process as the judge who was asked to rule on the Adrian Peterson case stated that punishments that the league recently created should not apply to incidents that occurred prior to the creation of the new punishment guidelines.
The Dallas Cowboys signed Hardy to a $13.1 million dollar contract, however the contract is based on play, so every game he misses the Cowboys are off the hook for that amount against their salary cap. With that said, the Cowboys are desperate for sack production, and missing Hardy for any amount of time could be enough to cripple the chances for the Cowboys to repeat as NFC East champions.
Suspension appeals must be filed within three days of the suspension, and can take as long as 100 days to be heard.