Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy loosens up during practice of an NCAA college football team in South Bend, Ind. Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Joe Raymond
October 16, 2014
Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy loosens up during practice of an NCAA college football team in South Bend, Ind. Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Joe Raymond

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he has invited safety Eilar Hardy to return to the roster, although he has academic work to complete before he can practice.

Kelly says Hardy hopes to get the work completed next week when fifth-ranked Notre Dame (6-0) is on fall break. He says Hardy is the only one of five players who have been held out of games he's talked with who could return to the roster this season.

Hardy, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore, and cornerback KeiVarae Russell have been held from practices and games since August while the school investigated whether homework and papers they turned in had been completed by others.

Russell and Williams have said they plan to return to school in June.

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