Greg Hardy managed to make Dallas Cowboys teammate Dez Bryant seem like the level-headed, peacemaker type.
In an unusual, on-field, in-game lashing out, Hardy broke into a Cowboys special teams huddle after the unit allowed a 100-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter of a 27-20 loss to the NFC East rival New York Giants.
Hardy shoved at least one Dallas player. NBC's “Football Night in America” showed a video clip of Hardy slapping at special teams coach Rich Bisaccia's clipboard.
“I was a little surprised he was in there,” Cowboys safety Danny McCray said.
Hardy stomped around for a bit, then headed to the sideline, where he exchanged heated words with Bryant — still sidelined with a foot injury, the receiver was wearing a knit cap.
In the locker room afterward Sunday, Hardy was not in the mood to discuss what happened, issuing a half-dozen or so variations of “No comment.”
The defensive lineman was appearing in only his second game for the Cowboys; he missed this season's first four games while suspended under the NFL's personal conduct policy.
He joined Dallas as a free agent after playing in only one game last season for the Carolina Panthers. Hardy was convicted last year of assaulting a former girlfriend; the charges later were dismissed after prosecutors said the accuser did not show up for a hearing.