Oregon kicker charged with misdemeanor assault

Oregon kicker Rob Beard has been charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for his role in a Jan. 24 brawl in which he was knocked unconscious and suffered facial injuries that required surgery, according to the Eugene Register-Guard.

Eugene police cited Beard, 19, for assaulting a 19-year-old woman during the fight, which reportedly involved 20 to 40 people, the newspaper reported.

Two students from a nearby community college previously were charged with second-degree assault for causing Beard's injuries.

Beard joined the fight, according to police, in order to help teammate Mike Bowlin. Bowlin, also a kicker, left the Ducks earlier this week.

A release from the Eugene police department provided no additional details and said the case remains under investigation.

Beard, Oregon's kickoff specialist in 2009, is expected to compete for the Ducks' starting kicking job, though it is unclear whether he will be able to participate in spring practices, which begin March 30, while recovering from his injuries. The Ducks must replace kicker Morgan Flint.