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DENVER - With big crowds expected downtown for the Broncos this weekend, Denver police said they will be taking special precautions after a series of assaults that happened early New Year's Day. There are still no arrests.

Although the incidents are similar the "knock out game," police think the attacks were not inspired by the game where people brutally attack strangers and try to knock them unconscious. 

"There was a male struck several times who continued to be assaulted while on the ground, and that also doesn't fit the description of the knockout game. While we consider these assaults serious, and we hope to bring them to a prosecutable resolution, they don't appear to be knockout game cases," Denver Police Sgt. Steve Warneke said. 

The four assaults from New Year's day all happened in lower downtown.

Two of the victims are still recovering. They say strangers beat them up and then ran away. It happened around the time bars were closing.

"I suffered a really bad concussion. I was out for about 20 minutes," victim Matt Draper said. "I got a head laceration on the back of my head."

Nick Lloyd, another victim, has a broken jaw, a fractured face and will undergo surgery Friday.

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Some of the precautions police are implementing are extra patrols and other tactics a police spokesperson said he didn't want to divulge to protect officers and their plans.

Despite the recent attacks, LoDo crime was down nearly 20 percent in 2013 from 2012. Aggravated assaults specifically were down more than 30 percent.

The majority of the 2012 assaults happened between 1 and 3 a.m.

A New Year's Day victim said he doesn't think downtown is unsafe overall. He said people should be extra cautious when bars are closing up and the streets get packed with people.

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