(NEW YORK) — Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was attacked by five men early Wednesday morning near the university’s campus in Madison.
Ball was walking with two friends when witnesses say the five attackers knocked Ball to the ground and started kicking him. Several people who saw the incident scared off the attackers. Ball was then taken to a hospital where it was determined he sustained facial injuries and a concussion according to the school.
“My concern right now is for Montee’s health and well-being,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “Montee has been released from the hospital and is under the care and supervision of our sports medicine staff. We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend. I do expect Montee to make a full recovery.”
Ball tweeted to his fans Wednesday, “I appreciate the support and thank you for the concerns.I will be okay! See you guys in September! #WiscONsin”
Ball, who will be a senior this season, rushed for 1,923 yards and an NCAA-record 33 touchdowns last season. He was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and tied Barry Sanders’ NCAA record of 39 TDs overall.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN