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Al Ford played with the Roughriders from 1965 to 1976. He was the team's coach in 1979 and in the 1980s was in administration with the club. (CBC)

Charges have been stayed against the man accused in the robbery and beating of Al Ford, the former Saskatchewan Roughrider.

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Al Ford is recovering at home after being assaulted in Regina on Monday afternoon. (Courtesy Ford family)

The 70-year-old former player and general manager of the CFL club was coming out of a South Albert Street government liquor store Monday afternoon when he was jumped by several people.

Ford was repeatedly punched in the face and ended up with a broken jaw and a cracked bone around his eye.

A man, 29, was charged with robbery and assault and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

However, Ford's wife Sally told CBC News that the charges have been stayed.

Police have told the Fords that they are continuing to search for a suspect, she said.

When charges are stayed, they can technically be reinstated at any time within a 12 month period, although in practice this rarely happens.