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Damien Wilson Grateful To Be Back At Practice After Paintball-Related Eye Injury

OXNARD, Calif. – Linebacker Damien Wilson delivered would-be tackles on Darius Jackson and Dak Prescott on consecutive plays Monday in his first training camp practice, having spent the first two and a half weeks on the Non-Football Injury list with a right eye injury sustained before camp in a freak paintball accident.  

Wilson said the vision in his right eye is restored. He passed his physical and was activated from the Non-Football Injury list before Monday's practice.

"I had a lot of blood clouding my cornea and that was really blocking my vision," he said. "I had to wait for that blood to clear up, and then I was on these dilating drops and I had to wait for my eye to get back to normal and now it is. I'm just truly blessed I didn't lose my eye."

Wilson said a stray paintball struck his eye after he was already eliminated from the game he was playing with college friends. Last year's fourth-round pick is grateful to be back on the field.

"It's a delicate thing, man," he said. "It's one of those things that you look back on and it was just foolish. Camp was right around the corner and you're out here doing something foolish to jeopardize what you've been working your whole life for, jeopardize all your dreams, all your passions. It's just not smart."

-Rob Phillips

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