Wisconsin RB Corey Clement cuts hand in dispute off campus

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin running back Corey Clement cut his hand after getting involved in an argument at his off-campus apartment building, the team said Thursday.

According to a statement, the junior for the 23rd-ranked Badgers was returning to his apartment early Sunday when he saw an argument between a security guard and a group of people. Wisconsin said Clement was cut when he and the guard were assaulted by the others.

The Badgers have a limited schedule this week because they don't have a game Saturday. Clement attended practice on Wednesday but did not take part as planned as he rehabs from sports hernia surgery.

A team spokesman said it was too early to say whether Clement would face team-related discipline since the police are still investigating.

''Due to an ongoing police investigation into the matter, Clement, head coach Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin Athletic Department will have no further comment on the incident,'' Wisconsin said.

What started out as a potentially promising year has turned into a tough-luck campaign for Clement, who hurt his groin in practice the week before the September season opener against Alabama. Clement was expected to take the lead role in the Badgers' vaunted rushing attack after serving as Heisman Trophy runner-up Melvin Gordon's backup last season.

Another former high-profile Wisconsin running back, Montee Ball, was hurt in August 2012 after authorities said he was attacked while walking behind two friends. Ball was allegedly knocked to the ground and kicked in the head and chest, leaving him unconscious and with a concussion.

Ball had said that he didn't remember the attack, or why he was targeted. Two men pleaded guilty to battery charges in the case.

Ball's 77 career rushing touchdowns set the NCAA record, though current Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds could break that mark with one more score on the ground.


AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org