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Duke WR Johnell Barnes injuries hand in bar fight with Duke lacrosse player

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Johnell Barnes (4) was involved in a tussle at Shooters Saturday night that left his hand in a cast. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

After beating Troy 38-31, Duke wide receiver Johnell Barnes went out and got into a barfight with a lacrosse player.

According to Andrew Beaton of the Duke Chronicle, Barnes, a 6-foot, 175-pound freshman, and John Shaffer, a 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore midfielder, had to be separated at Shooters II Saloon after both had suffered injuries from their fight. Barnes has been spotted wearing a cast on campus since the incident. No police report was filed.

Barnes, is Duke's main kickoff returner, fielding 10 kicks (the next closest returner has fielded three) for 204 yards, an average return of 20.4 yards. He's also caught five passes for 107 yards, including a 50-yarder last week on third-and-20 that drew praise from both head coach David Cutcliffe and quarterback Brandon Connette.

Duke has an open date this week, and Cutcliffe is not scheduled to meet with the media until Sunday.

Barnes is the second Duke player to be involved in a public fight this season—walk-on defensive back Hud Mellencamp was charged with felony battery in August as a result of a fight in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Mellencamp was not suspended from the team.

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Laura Keeley is the Duke beat writer for the News & Observer. Follow her on Twitter @laurakeeley
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