Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball, recovering from a concussion after being assaulted by a group of men in Madison, will not be able to start practice on Monday, according to several published reports.
The news was revealed by Badgers’ coach Bret Bielema during the taping of a TV show on Thursday, according to ESPN.com. The Wisconsin team will kick off its season Sept. 1 in a game against Northern Iowa.
According to authorities, Ball was attacked by five men early Wednesday morning near the University of Wisconsin campus, ESPN.com reported. The assailants jumped Ball, knocked him down and then kicked him in the head and chest, giving him a concussion.
Ball has denied a report on TMZ.com that he was involved in a fight, and along with two other player beat a man at a teammates house a week before this week’s attack. That man, in turn, denied any involvement in the attack on Ball.