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Tuesday May 13th, 2014

Philip Nelson passed for (Michael Nelson/Getty Images) Philip Nelson was charged with two felonies after fight left a man in critical condition.  (Michael Nelson/Getty Images)

Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson has been dismissed by the Rutgers football program, the school announced Tuesday.

Nelson was charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault for allegedly kicking another man in the head during an altercation while he was lying on the ground.

Isaac Kolstad, 24, remains in critical condition with a severe head injury.

“The Rutgers football family’s thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family,” Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said.

The criminal complaint said that -- according to witnesses -- Nelson was upset over attention being paid to his girlfriend. Another man is still being sought in the attack.

"Nelson pushes past others, approaches I.K. and delivers at least one kick to the left side of I.K.'s head," the complaint reads. "Sergeant Knutson noted that the video clearly shows that I.K. was defenseless as Nelson delivers the kick or kicks to the head."

Nelson threw for 1,306 yards and nine touchdowns last season, starting nine of 12 games for the Golden Gophers. He was going to sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules. JOHNSON: Burning questions for each of the major conferences at the end of 2014 spring practice

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