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UMD Football Player Released From Hospital After Stabbing

Updated: 08/07/2014 11:00 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 11:11 AM WDIO.com
By: Emily Haavik
ehaavik@wdio.com

A University of Minnesota Duluth football player who was stabbed over the weekend has been released from the hospital, according to the university.

Twenty-two-year-old Austin Sikorski issued a statement through the university on Thursday, saying, "I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the UMD Athletics staff, my teammates, family, friends, and hospital staff and to all of those who have shown their support in so many ways. I have been released from the hospital and look forward to furthering my recovery, getting back to full strength, and turning my focus to the upcoming semester."

The university said Sikorski was released on Wednesday.

Sikorski was stabbed in his lower abdomen early Saturday morning, according to police. Police said they responded to a call about a fight involving alcohol on First Avenue West and Superior Street. When they arrived, they said they found Sikorski a block over on Lake Avenue.

Police said there is a person of interest in the case, but no arrests have been made. There were no updates as of Thursday.

Sikorski is going into his senior year. He scored 16 touch downs last season and was seventh in the conference in rushing with more than 96 yards per game.

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