STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer

— Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he isn’t sure if Greg Hardy will play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers and that the team hasn’t considered releasing the Pro Bowl defensive end who is involved in a domestic violence case.

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Rivera says Hardy will continue to practice and attend team meetings, but he won’t make a decision on if he plays until later this week.

The Panthers plan to continue to gather information in what Rivera says is “a very fluid situation.”

Hardy played in Week 1 but Rivera deactivated him just hours before Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, and two days after the coach said Hardy would play.

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Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats, but is appealing the ruling.


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