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Assaulted ex-football player is improving

June 14, 2014
Associated Press

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota State, Mankato football player Isaac Kolstad stood for the first time since being beaten last month.

The Star Tribune reports ( ) Kolstad's brother-in-law, Mike Fleming, detailed the critically injured former linebacker's progress on a CaringBridge website.

Kolstad also had a flap of his bone replaced in his skull Friday morning at the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Fleming said physical therapists this week had him standing three times and sitting on the edge of the bed — both with assistance. He also worked on holding up his head and torso.

Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson of Mankato and Trevor Shelly of St. Peter are charged in the May 11 assault in downtown Mankato.


Information from: Star Tribune,



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