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Former Syracuse DB Naesean Howard Arrested After Stabbing Winfield, Scissum

A scary situation got scarier this morning, as Howard's victims were revealed to be current members of the Orange football team.

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Last night, former Syracuse Orange defensive back Naesean Howard was arrested for stabbing two individuals at 321 Slocum Ave. in Syracuse shortly after 6 p.m. ET.

This morning, we find out that the two victims were not only Syracuse University students, but members of the football team, as first reported by's Stephen Bailey.

Redshirt junior safety Chauncey Scissum and junior cornerback Corey Winfield are both in the hospital as we speak. Winfield's condition has been reported as stable. There has been no update on Scissum, though officers reported that neither sustained life-threatening injuries.

Howard has been charged with two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. At last report, the 20-year old was being held at the Onondoga County Justice Center.

The Central New York native was dismissed by then-coach Scott Shafer in 2014 for a violation of team rules and he left SU shortly thereafter. He re-enrolled in 2015, and was looking to walk onto the football team this summer after his attempt to appeal to Dino Babers about coming back this spring was rebuffed.

Because we don't know the extent of the injuries for Scissum and Winfield, it's hard to speculate on recovery time. For the time being, they're in our thoughts and we're hoping for their speedy recovery -- above just for football's sake, this is obviously a traumatic experience. Winfield and Scissum were both projected to be in the mix for starting jobs at SU this fall.


This is the second incident involving a previously-dismissed Syracuse football player this offseason. In March, former Orange defensive end Amir Ealey was arrested and charged for two counts of sexual assault on campus.