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Minn-Duluth football player in stable condition after stabbing

Austin Sikorski

DULUTH, Minn. - A University of Minnesota Duluth football player remained hospitalized in stable condition Sunday night after a stabbing early Saturday morning in downtown Duluth.


Austin Sikorski, 22, was admitted to St. Luke’s hospital after Duluth police received a call to a street fight at 1:54 a.m. Saturday on West Superior Street near Lake Avenue. The Bulldog senior running back had been stabbed in the lower right side of his abdomen, according to Jim Hansen, a spokesman for the Duluth Police Department.

A male suspect has been identified as “a person of interest” in the incident, although as of Sunday night no arrests had yet been made nor charges filed, Hansen said. The case remains under active investigation. Police are still working to sort out events from a scene that apparently involved alcohol and a public altercation, Hansen said.

UMD issued a statement Monday morning on the situation involving Sikorski: "We are aware of incident involving a UMD student and are in the process of gathering details, our primary concern at this time is for his well being," the statement read. "The matter is being handled by the Duluth Police Department."

Sikorski, from Plover, Wis., was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs last season, racking up 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns on 297 carries during his junior season. Last month he was named a USA College Football Division II Preseason All-American going into his senior season.

The UMD football team is scheduled to play its first game of the season on Sept. 6.

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