Wiese: Sikorski Home, Will Join Team Next Week

By KBJR News 1

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) senior running back is back in Stevens Point, Wis. resting and will join the rest of the team for fall camp next week, Bulldogs head coach Curt Wiese said on Thursday afternoon.

Sikorski was released from the hospital on Wednesday evening after being stabbed this past weekend in downtown Duluth, an incident the Duluth Police Department continues to investigate.

Wiese expects Sikorski to be with the team when fall camp starts on Aug. 16 but says his timetable for a return to practice is still unknown at this time.

"His focus right now is getting healthy, getting better both physically and mentally," Wiese said. "His return, we'll talk about it in the future when he gets back to camp next week and we see where he's at."

Wiese said this has been a trying time for both Sikorski and his teammates, but he's proud of how the guys have handled themselves following the incident.

"Whenever you have a situation like that, it's going to be shocking to your football team," Wiese said, "but I thought our guys handled it maturely. They supported Austin and his family, and I think he'll continue to need that support to get better, get back this semester, and get back to football."

Sikorski, UMD's leading rusher in 2013, was named Thursday as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North Division preseason offensive player of the year. He enters his senior season fifth all-time on the school's leading rusher list with 2,736 career yards.