Bell doing better

Blue Bombers running back and special teams player Graeme Bell is doing better after an attack on...

Blue Bombers running back and special teams player Graeme Bell is doing better after an attack on the weekend. (Sun File/Marcel Cretain)

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Graeme Bell was released from a Saskatoon hospital yesterday.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back was hospitalized early Saturday morning after he was assaulted by a man wielding a baseball bat outside a Saskatoon lounge/restaurant.

Bell's sister, Jennifer, issued the following statement through the Saskatoon Health Region yesterday:

"Graeme is in good spirits and is focused on his recovery," she said. "He has been released from hospital and requests privacy at this time to allow rest and progress to continue. We are grateful for the support we've received. Thank you for honouring his wishes."

Earlier, Bombers GM Brendan Taman, who had contacted Bell's dad, had related that Bell was "making some progress ... I just hope he keeps making progress."

Bell was reportedly attempting to break up a fight while waiting for a cab when he was attacked. Police said three other men were injured in the incident.

Investigators are looking for two men believed to have been involved. There were also reports that the attack was gang-related.

"(Bell's) dad said he was appreciative of all the calls from everyone around the league," Taman added. "As much as this is a business, there is a human side to this and that human element can sometimes be difficult to manage."

Bell, 26, was a special teams terror last season and served as a backup tailback, receiver and kicker.


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