One of the Eagles' top young players was assaulted at a South Dakota restaurant on Friday night, a league source confirmed to SI.com.
Tight end Dallas Goedert, 25, was taken to the hospital as a precaution after the incident, described as being an unprovoked sucker-punch while out with his family, per a second source. NJ. Com was the first to report the story.
Here is a video of the punch:
Goedert has since returned home and there is believed to be no significant damage.
The incident happened at The Zoo Bar in Aberdeen, about 60 miles from Goedert's hometown of Britton, S.D., per a newspaper report.
According to the American News, a newspaper located in Aberdeen, S.D., police were called to The Zoo Bar in Aberdeen just after 1 a.m. on a report of "people busting glasses and have busted heads," according to archived local police scanner traffic reviewed by Forum News Service.
Police arrived and found what was described as an unconscious 6-foot-5, 260-pound man. Goedert's identification was run by police on the scene.
The American News reported that an ambulance was called for what was identified as a 24-year-old male who was unconscious but breathing, and the vehicle was soon headed to Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen. The newspaper added that it was unclear if the man was Goedert, who turned 25 in January.
An Avera Health representative told The American News that no patient by Goedert's name was at the Aberdeen hospital or its sister facility in Sioux Falls.
Aberdeen Police Sgt. Dan Kaiser and agents with Rep1 Sports, which represents Goedert, didn't immediately respond to email requests.
About to enter his third NFL season as one of the best young TEs in football, Goedert finished second on the team last season with 58 receptions for 607 yards and five touchdowns behind only fellow tight end Zach Ertz, a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
The duo of Ertz and Goedert is considered to be the best in the NFL at the TE position.
Originally, a 2018 second-round pick in the 2018 draft out of South Dakota State, Goedert played in a career-high 66 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps last season.
Goedert was a two-time FCS All-American with the Jackrabbits, amassing 1,000-plus receiving yards as a junior and senior while totaling a school-record 92 receptions in 2016.
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