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REGINA -- Two members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team are facing charges after a fight at a Regina nightclub.

Defensive back Dwight Anderson, 32, and wide receiver Taj Smith, 29, each face one charge of aggravated assault.

Anderson and Smith made a brief appearance together in provincial court Thursday and were released on conditions, including that they keep the peace and stay away from alcohol. They left court without speaking to reporters.

Regina police say they were called to nightclub just before 3 a.m. on Aug. 18 after getting a report of a group of people involved in or gathered around a fight. Police say they found a 20-year-old man with serious injuries who was taken to hospital.

Anderson and Smith were arrested Wednesday evening.

Saskatchewan Roughriders general manager Brendan Taman says the players have not been suspended.

"We're still going through the process of trying to gather what went on and we have a lot of options to do, but right now we've just got to get to the facts and we'll see where it goes," Taman said Thursday at Mosaic Stadium.

The Roughriders host the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday.

Roughriders head coach Cory Chamblin said after practice Thursday that a decision on whether Anderson and Smith will play this weekend has not yet been made.

"A lot of things are up in the air," Chamblin told reporters.

Smith and Anderson are scheduled to be back in court Oct. 8.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 13, 2013 C4

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