A series of injuries limited him to just two seasons with the Buffalo Bills before he was released.  James Hardy was a second-round draft choice of the Bills in 2008 after an outstanding career at the University of Indiana, but on Wednesday his body was found in the Maumee River in Indiana.  His mother had reported him missing on May 30th.

Hardy caught 191 passes for 2,740 yards and 36 touchdowns during his college career at Indiana.  He also played 23 games for the school's basketball team.  He just couldn't carry over those statistics in the NFL.  After his release from the Bills he was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens but never played a regular season game with the Ravens.

The Allen County, Indiana coroner's office positively identified his body, but did not determine a cause of death.  Hardy was 31 years old.

The Bills passed along a message of condolence to the Hardy family on Thursday.



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