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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Prosecutors have filed misdemeanor charges against three Colorado State University football players and a fourth person involved in a fight that seriously injured two people earlier this month.

Rams defensive end Nordly Capi, linebacker Mike Orakpo and defensive end Colton Paulhus are charged with Disorderly Conduct, a class three misdemeanor.

The Larimer County District Attorney is also charging Donny Gocha, a CSU freshman, with Disorderly Conduct.

The charges carry a maximum of six months in jail and a fine of $50 to $750.

The fight happened shortly before midnight on April 6 near the intersection of Shields Street and LaPorte Avenue in Fort Collins.

Police say the fight began after words were exchanged by individuals from two groups.

“The fight involved ten Colorado State University students and one non-student.  Six of the students were Colorado State University football players, but only three were charged as a result of their involvement,” said Fort Collins Police spokeswoman Rita Davis.

“It is believed that Gocha’s friends were trying to break up the fight and protect Gocha who was knocked unconscious at some point during the incident.”

Gocha and his friend, John Haley, sustained numerous face and head injuries.

Capi, Orakpo and Paulhaus have been indefinitely suspended from the CSU football team.

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