Heart condition sidelines Mississippi DE Lockett

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt says starting defensive end Kentrell Lockett is not practicing because of a recurring heart condition.

Lockett is undergoing tests to diagnose the problem.

Nutt says Lockett’s heart was “racing” on Saturday, forcing him to leave practice early.

The third-year coach says Lockett had a similar heart issue two years ago, but was cleared to play. He expects to learn more about Lockett’s health on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound senior from Hahnville, La., finished third on the team with 10 tackles for a loss and five sacks in 2009. His backup is sophomore Gerald Rivers, who saw limited playing time last year.

The Rebels open their season on Saturday at home against Jacksonville State.