Updated: May 13th, 2014 9:10am
Rutgers releases ex-Gopher Philip Nelson from the football program

Rutgers releases ex-Gopher Philip Nelson from the football program

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson has been released by the Rutgers football program.

Nelson, who transferred from Minnesota to Rutgers in January, was released on $20,000 bail on Monday night after he was charged with assault following an altercation early Sunday in downtown Mankato. 

Nelson's name is not listed on the Blue Earth County Sheriff's jail roster, but reports are he was charged with first- and third-degree assault stemming from allegations that he kicked Isaac Kolstad, a former linebacker at Minnesota State-Mankato, in the head while he was lying on the ground after being struck by another man. 

Police are reportedly searching for another suspect that delivered the initial blow. 

Via a CaringBridge.org site setup for Kolstad: "He is currently in Critical condition and fighting for his life. He is young and strong, but the battle he has in front of him is enormous. We do not yet know the full extent of his injuries. He is very sick. Please pray for Isaac and all of those involved.
The Kolstad's"

"The Rutgers football family's thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family," said Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood in a release.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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