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Stabbed UMD football player to return to play Saturday; suspect charged

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The University of Minnesota-Duluth football player who was stabbed last month is expected to take the field for the first time Saturday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Duluth News-Tribune reports.

Austin Sikorski, 22, was stabbed in the lower-right abdomen during an altercation in downtown Duluth Aug. 2. The Plover, Wisconsin, native is a senior at UMD and a star running back with the Bulldogs.

The 5-foot 10-inch, 200-pound athlete was released from the hospital five days after incident, but his injuries kept him out of play through UMD's season opener last weekend.

“It was hard to watch last week’s game,” Sikorski tells the News Tribune. “I’ve got all these buddies I’ve been around with, some of them for the past five years, so you want to be out there. But it could have been a lot worse, that’s for sure, so I’m thankful it was only the one game.”

Sikorski, who has been practicing with the Bulldogs since Aug. 29, will reportedly be eased back into play in the team's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road opener against Augustana in Sioux Falls.

The team tells the News Tribune that they are approaching the situation cautiously because they're not used to dealing with on-field repercussions of a stabbing injury.

Meanwhile, police have finally arrested a suspect in connection with the incident, WDIO reports.

Xavier Devon Davis, 23, of Duluth, was charged with second-degree assault, the station says. Authorities issued a warrant for Davis' arrest last week, but he was not located until last Friday because he is reportedly homeless.

According to media reports, Davis is being held in the St. Louis County Jail.

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