Wisconsin receiver Randle El charged with battery

Updated: December 27, 2005, 5:46 PM ET
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin receiver Marcus Randle El was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor battery after police said he hit a former teammate in the face with a cell phone.

Prosecutors accused the 19-year-old Randle El of striking Nick Sutton at a bar earlier this month.

Randle El, the brother of Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El, also was charged with a misdemeanor bail violation because of an earlier incident. He pleaded guilty in June to disorderly conduct for shoving his girlfriend.

The university initially suspended Randle El after the bar fight but modified the discipline. He now is practicing with the team in Orlando, Fla., for the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 against Auburn.

Randle El has one reception for 29 yards and a touchdown on the season.

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