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Andrew Pratt Shot by Akron Teammate Scott Boyett After Being Mistaken as Burglar

Northwestern's footballs are seen lined up on the sideline on the field before an NCAA college football game against Michigan at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2016

University of Akron offensive tackle Scott Boyett accidentally shot wide receiver Andrew Pratt in the stomach Saturday, believing he was a burglar trying to enter his apartment, according to the Akron Beacon Journal's Amanda Garrett

No charges will be filed after both players agreed the shooting was "an accident," according to Garrett. Pratt is reportedly expected to recover from his injuries after being taken to the emergency room at Akron Children's Hospital.

According to Garrett, Pratt was eventually transferred to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. 

Pratt and Boyett both spoke with police separately at the hospital, and the receiver reportedly told officers he believed the shooting was an "honest mistake," per Garrett. 

"We are saddened and concerned to learn of this situation and we hope that Andrew recovers fully," Akron athletic director Larry Williams wrote in a statement, per Garrett. "While we know the incident occurred at an off-campus location, we will wait to learn more from the Akron Police Department about what occurred. We are keeping Andrew in our thoughts and prayers."

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