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Rutgers: Nelson dismissed from football program

[ 0 ] May 13, 2014 |

MANKATO, Minn. — Rutgers says it has dismissed quarterback Philip Nelson from its football program in the wake of assault charges filed in Minnesota.

Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson leaves the Blue Earth Co jail with a towel on his head after posting $20,000 bail in his assault case stemming from a fight outside a bar that left another former football player in critical condition with head injuries, in Mankato, Minn, Monday, May 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Richard Tsong-Taatarii)

Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson leaves the Blue Earth Co jail with a towel on his head after posting $20,000 bail in his assault case stemming from a fight outside a bar that left another former football player in critical condition with head injuries, in Mankato, Minn, Monday, May 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Richard Tsong-Taatarii)

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood made the announcement Tuesday.

Nelson is a former quarterback for Minnesota. He played in 11 games last season, but announced afterward that he would transfer to Rutgers.

He was charged Monday with two counts of felony assault in connection with a weekend fight that left another man severely injured. Authorities say Nelson kicked 24-year-old Isaac Dallas Kolstad in the head after another man punched Kolstad.

Nelson’s attorney says his client was not the aggressor.

Flood says the Rutgers football family is sending thoughts and prayers to Kolstad and his family.

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