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.