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Duke WR injured hand in bar ‘altercation’

Johnell Barnes

For the second time in less than two months, a member of the Duke football program went and got himself involved in an “incident” at a local drinking establishment.

According to The Chronicle, the school’s student newspaper, wide receiver Johnell Barnes got into an “altercation” with a Blue Devils lacrosse player very early Sunday morning at an off-campus bar.  Barnes injured his hand during the scuffle and has been seen wearing a cast around campus this week.

No arrests have been made and no charges filed, at least as of yet.

The school is aware of the incident, with a school spokesperson telling the paper that it “is being handled through the student conduct process.”  Despite the lack of a police report, both student-athletes could face school-related discipline.

Head coach David Cutcliffe has yet to address the situation.  He did say during a press conference Monday, without mentioning Barnes specifically, that a couple of things had surprisingly “popped up yesterday.”

Duke is on a bye this weekend, and its unclear if the injury and/or discipline will keep Barnes on the sidelines when Duke returns to the field Oct. 12 against Navy.

Barnes has five receptions for 107 yards, included two for 73 last Saturday.  The true freshman is also the team’s leading kick returner, averaging 20.4 yards on 10 returns.

In mid-August, wide receiver Ty Smith and cornerback Hud Mellencamp, the son of the singer with the same surname, were charged with felony battery for an incident that occurred earlier in the summer.  both of the players, both walk-ons, remain with the team as his case works its way through the legal system.

(Photo credit: Duke athletics)


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