Ducks' Beard out of ICU after brawl

Updated: January 25, 2010, 5:52 PM ET
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

Oregon kicker Rob Beard is expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days after he suffered injuries in a campus brawl Saturday night that required facial surgery.

Beard, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman from Fullerton, Calif., was released from intensive care Monday morning, according to a report in The Oregonian.

The brawl involved at least 20 people, according to the Eugene Police Department. Beard became involved when he tried to step in to defend teammate Mike Bowlin, who is also a kicker.

Beard was knocked to the ground and was repeatedly kicked in the face and lost consciousness, according to reports.

"He had multiple facial injuries," athletic department spokesman Dave Williford said. "At this time, there's no reason to believe he won't have a full recovery."

Williford said the injuries were not expected to affect Beard's football career at Oregon.

Beard handled kickoffs and long field goals for the Ducks this past season. With the graduation of Morgan Flint, he was expected to compete for the starting job in 2010.

Ted Miller covers Pac-10 football for ESPN.com.

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