Cardinals’ Dwyer arrested…Peterson, Hardy benched again
(AP) — The NFL is facing yet another case of domestic abuse.
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. He has been deactivated from all team functions.
Police say one of the counts was “aggravated assault causing a fracture.”
Meanwhile, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will not play this weekend, and it could be a while before either player sees any game action.
The Vikings put Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, meaning he is off the active roster again while he deals with his legal affairs. General manager Rick Spielman would not put a timeframe on when Peterson might be back.
Team owner Zygi Wilf said the team “made a mistake” in bringing back its superstar earlier this week following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.
The All-Pro running back is accused of injuring his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch earlier this year.
The Panthers have removed Hardy from the team’s active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end’s domestic violence case is resolved. The Pro Bowl lineman has been placed on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list.
Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman says Hardy will continue to be paid and is allowed to be at the team facility, but will not practice. Hardy earns more than $770,000 each week during the regular season.
Hardy is appealing a July 15 conviction for assault on a female and communicating threats.