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4 Lehigh football players suspended

Russhon Phillips jailed on aggravated assault charges

4 Lehigh U. football players suspended following assault

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh University will be a few players short when the football team takes the field on Saturday.

Head Coach Andy Coen announced at Wednesday's media briefing that four players have been suspended due to an event that took place Tuesday night.

The players were not named, and Coen didn't release any more information other than to say an investigation is underway.

According to Bethlehem police, one player has been charged with aggravated assault.

Russhon Phillips, 19, of University Drive in Bethlehem, was arrested in connection with the assault of a 22-year-old man outside Leon's Bar at 432 E. 5th St. in Bethlehem.

Phillips is accused of kicking the victim while he was on the ground; the victim suffered facial fractures. The incident happened at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Phillips was committed to the Northampton County Prison on $75,000 bail.

Charges are pending for a second person involved in the fight, police said.

A friend of the victim was cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness for starting the fight, police said.

According to the Lehigh football website, Phillips is a sophomore from Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery Co.

The Mountain Hawks head to New Jersey to take on Princeton Saturday at 6 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

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