Posted on: September 6, 2009 3:59 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2009 4:14 pm

DE Greg Hardy Hurt

Only minutes into their opener against Memphis, Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy, NFLDraftScout.com's #3 ranked senior prospect for the 2010 NFL Draft, had to be helped off the field with an injury to his lower left leg.

Hardy had struggled with injuries to his right foot previously in his career, undergoing several surgeries and even a scare this off-season when he was involved in a car accident.

On this play, Tiger wide receiver Duke Calhoun attempted to cut block Hardy, who was attacking the line of scrimmage as a stand-up rusher. Calhoun made a legal cut on Hardy. Hardy's left foot, however, appeared to be twisted under the receiver's body. Hardy was in immediate pain, writhing on the field and seemingly struggle to tell Ole Miss trainers what was wrong.

Hardy was helped to the sideline with trainers supporting him on either side. He was putting some weight on the leg, but was walking very gingerly. Hardy is on the sideline, walking under his own power, but there hasn't yet been an update as to if he'll return to the field in this game.

Hardy's inability to remain healthy is certainly a concern for scouts. His ability to wreak havoc off the edge, however, is tantalizing. Entering his senior campaign, the 6-4, 265 pound Hardy has already posted 21.5 sacks and 7 forced fumbles.

Posted on: September 2, 2009 1:02 pm

Tennessee C McNeil's career "probably over"

Despite starting 35 consecutive games for the Volunteers, center Josh McNeil's recurring knee injuries are expected to keep him off the team this year, and according to head coach Lane Kiffin, may prematurely end his career.

Kiffin made the announcement to media Tuesday after it was discovered that McNeil would once again have to undergo surgery on his knees. The preseason second-team All-SEC pick and preseason Outland Trophy prospect had his knee scoped last week and doctors found his knee to be in such poor shape that according to Kiffin "...Now they're looking at a longer surgery to go back and do some more stuff - a surgery that would take a long time to even have because the things they'd have to get to have the surgery done."

"There's a good chance Josh won't be playing for us, and probably won't play football ever again, unfortunately," Kiffin said.

Specifics of the MRI were not released. However, the finality of Kiffin's comments certainly make it appear that McNeil has a long way to go before there is any chance of his playing in the NFL.

The fall from NFL graces for McNeil has been both quick and steep. McNeil had petitioned the NFL Advisory Committee after last year for an early prognosis of his grade (reportedly earning a 5th-7th round grade) and signed with Tennessee as the top-ranked center prospect in the country amid great fanfare.

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