Hardy helped off, returns to game

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy was helped off the field early in Sunday's game against Memphis after injuring his left leg, but returned about 10 minutes later.

Memphis wide receiver Duke Calhoun hit Hardy with a cut block in the leg on a running play. Hardy left for the locker room, but quickly returned, jogging about 50 yards to his place on the sideline.

The injury put a temporary scare into the No. 8 Rebels. Hardy spent the last year trying to rehabilitate a broken bone in his right foot. The former all-Southeastern Conference player played in parts of nine games last season and still finished with 8.5 sacks.

He also was in a car wreck over the summer that forced him back into a hard boot on the injured right foot, but was able to return for the season opener.