Another Cowboys player is in trouble, only this time it appears to be much more serious than a standard marijuana suspension.
Linebacker Damien Wilson, a fourth round selection out of the University of Minnesota in 2015, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday night. Wilson is free after posting bail on Wednesday.
Few details have been released at this point, but the incident leading to Wilson’s arrest occurred shortly after 8pm in the parking lot of Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Toyota Stadium is home to FC Dallas, the Dallas-area Major League Soccer team. On Tuesday, the venue was hosting an Independence Day celebration called Frisco Freedom Fest.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a felony. According to a blog post on the website of DFW-based attorneys Varghese Summersett PLLC, the punishment for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon can vary greatly. Depending on the circumstances, and whether the charge is in the first or second degree, the punishment can range anywhere from as little as two years in prison all the way up to 99 years. A fine of up to $10,000 can also be levied.
Cowboys public relations chief Rich Dalrymple told the Dallas Morning News that the team was “aware of the situation,” but they wouldn’t have anything else to say at this time.
As we await more details on the arrest, here are some fast facts about Wilson.
- Wilson was Dallas’ fourth round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, the 127th pick overall, and the 10th linebacker selected.
- Dallas was thought to be in need of a running back in 2015 after DeMarco Murray departed for Philadelphia. The Cowboys opted to take Wilson at pick 127 instead of Boise St. running back – and pre-draft visitor – Jay Ajayi. Ajayi went 22 picks later to Miami in the fifth round, and made the Pro Bowl in 2016.
- Wilson missed the first two weeks of training camp last season after injuring his eye in an off-season paintball incident.
- Wilson started five games for the Cowboys at strong side linebacker in 2016. He finished the season with 30 tackles, a pass defended, and 0.5 sacks.
- Wilson is third on the Cowboys in special teams snaps since 2015. He finished second on the team last season with 340 special teams snaps, five fewer than team leader Jeff Heath.