COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 29: Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs the ball into the end zone to score against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first quarter on October 29, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Montee Ball's Accused Attackers Charged With Substantial Battery

Three suspects have been arrested for allegedly attacking Wisconsin's Montee Ball on Aug. 1.

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Montee Ball Attack: Police Arrest 3 Suspects

Madison police announced Tuesday evening that three students were arrested in connection with an attack on Wisconsin Badgers tailback Montee Ball, after the star runner was jumped by five people back on Aug. 1.

All three suspects are 21-year-olds who attend Wisconsin, as each is currently being charged with substantial battery-party to a crime after Ball suffered both a concussion and a bruised jaw during the attack. Although Ball has repeatedly stated that his attackers' actions at 2:30 a.m. that morning were unprovoked, police did uncover a previous incident in their findings that may be related to the situation.

Bell is expected to be just fine when the Badgers take the field this Saturday to open their season against Northern Iowa, but only after missing the majority of camp while tending to his injuries. Coming off one of the most impressive statistical seasons in college football history, you can bet the senior tailback is eager to get back on the field and put this messy situation behind him.

Stay with this StoryStream for more information on Montee Ball's attack, and head over to Bucky's 5th Quarter for more Wisconsin coverage.

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Montee Ball Attack May Have Stemmed From Earlier Incident, Police Say

The attack on Montee Ball may have stemmed from an earlier incident involving Wisconsin football players, according to the Madison Police Department. The police report for the Ball incident, which occurred around 2 a.m. on August 1, was updated on Saturday morning with new information that police are now investigating. While police do not believe Ball was involved in the first incident, they also do not believe the attack on him was random.

The updated report:

The Madison Police Department, through information developed by detectives, have determined that there was a fight that occurred Friday night (July 27th-28th) which involved UW students, members of the UW football team, and other individuals that were not affiliated with the University of Wisconsin's Athletics Department. We have also determined that Montee Ball was present at the location of that fight, but we have no information that leads us to believe that he had any involvement in that particular event. There was one individual that did sustain an injury during the fight, and was subsequently treated at a local hospital for that injury. There is a potential for charges to be pursued, related to the investigated fight, but no charges have been filed. As this investigation is ongoing, specific details outlining the identities of either victims or involved parties are not being released.

The report goes on to state that while Ball was attacked on a public street, the incident does not fit the pattern of a string of recent random attacks in the city. The Madison Police Department will not comment further on the case as it pursues leads that may result in charges -- both for the attack on Ball and the previous fight that allegedly involved members of the Wisconsin football team.

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Montee Ball Injury: Concussion For Wisconsin Star After Attack

Wisconsin Heisman hopeful Montee Ball suffered a concussion and facial injuries after allegedly being jumped by five men early Wednesday morning, the University of Wisconsin has announced. Earlier, coach Bret Bielema had said he expects Ball to make a full recovery, but the school says there's no timetable for his return to the team.

Ball, who turned down a likely high NFL Draft pick in order to return for his senior year, was a consensus All-American who tied Barry Sanders' record for touchdowns in a single season with 39. He posted 1,923 yards as a junior. His return boosted UW's expectations for the year, with sanctions throughout the rest of the division making the Badgers a clear favorite to win the Big Ten.

For more on Badgers football, visit Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.

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