Damien Wilson's Arrest Adds More Uncertainty On Defense As Camp Nears

FRISCO, Texas – With training camp less than three weeks away, multiple reports surfaced Wednesday that third-year linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested Tuesday night in Frisco on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Wilson later posted bond, according to reports.

The Cowboys on Wednesday released this statement regarding Wilson: "We are aware of the situation, and we are in the process of gathering information. We will not have a comment at this time."

The players completed their offseason program in mid-June, and the veterans are away from football activities until the team is scheduled to fly to Oxnard, Calif., on July 22 for training camp.

Wilson, a fourth-round draft pick two years ago, missed most of last year's training camp with an eye injury suffered in a paintball accident but emerged as the starting strong-side linebacker by the end of the season. He's also a primary backup option to All-Pro Sean Lee on the weak side.

It's uncertain what ramifications Wilson's arrest could have on a Cowboys defense with other off-the-field concerns.

The team learned last week about defensive end David Irving's official four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. In late May, new cornerback Nolan Carroll was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and posted bond.

Third-round draft pick Jourdan Lewis is scheduled for a July 24 court hearing regarding a March misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. Lewis has said he believes he'll be fully exonerated.

The Cowboys quietly ranked fifth in scoring defense last year but retooled their defensive personnel in the offseason, replacing six players who started games in 2016: Jack Crawford, Terrell McClain, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox. Lewis is one of four defensive backs in the team's 2017 draft class.

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