(Reuters) - The NFL's Carolina Panthers have deactivated defensive end Greg Hardy for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, ESPN reported on Sunday, in a reversal of an earlier decision to let him play while he appeals a domestic violence conviction.
The move by the Panthers follows a week in which the National Football League faced a storm of criticism over its handling of a domestic violence case involving three-time Pro Bowler Ray Rice. The league indefinitely suspended the former Baltimore Ravens running back on Monday when a graphic video of the incident surfaced.
On Saturday, Minnesota Vikings' star running back Adrian Peterson was arrested and charged with injuring a child after using a switch to spank his son, his lawyer said. The Vikings deactivated Peterson on Friday.
(Reporting By Frank McGurty in New York)