Linebacker Damien Wilson walks off the field after an NFL football practice at the team's minicamp in June. Tony Gutierrez Associated Press
Linebacker Damien Wilson walks off the field after an NFL football practice at the team's minicamp in June. Tony Gutierrez Associated Press

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Cowboys LB Damien Wilson arrested in Frisco on aggravated assault charges

July 05, 2017 11:13 AM

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Frisco police said Wednesday.

Wilson was arrested at 8:41 p.m. Tuesday at Toyota Stadium from a parking lot incident, according to a police report. The report states that Wilson “intentionally” backed into a woman while trying to find a parking spot, and then brandished a rifle at a man that caused “him to be fear.”

Toyota Stadium had a sold-out crowd Tuesday for the city’s “Freedom Fest,” which featured an FC Dallas match and a Fourth of July fireworks show afterward. The venue is about four miles north of the Cowboys’ practice facility in Frisco.

Wilson, 24, has posted bond and been released, police spokesman Ryan Chandler said. Each charge carried a $10,000 bond. The charges are second-degree felonies and, if convicted, Wilson could face two to 20 years in state prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The Cowboys are aware of the situation. The NFL is “looking into the matter to understand the facts,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.

“We are in the process of gathering information,” team spokesman Rich Dalrymple said in an email. “We will not have a comment at this time.”

Damien Wilson’s mugshot after being charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Frisco on Tuesday
Frisco Police Department Courtesy

The incident could make Wilson subject to a suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy even if the case is eventually dropped.

This is the second Cowboys player arrested this off-season. Cornerback Nolan Carroll was charged with driving while intoxicated by Dallas police in late May. Carroll is subject to a two-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The Cowboys will already be without defensive end David Irving, who was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s performance enhancing substances policy.

Wilson, a 2015 fourth-round draft pick out of Minnesota, played in all 16 games — including six starts — last season. He was credited with 35 tackles, 0.5 sack, four tackles for loss and three quarterback pressures. Wilson also had six tackles on special teams.

Wilson had been getting work with the first-team defense, too, during organized team activities and minicamp last month. He is considered a leading candidate for the starting strongside linebacker position.

Wilson missed the start of training camp last season after he injured his eye in a paintball accident.

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Mark Hoffer mhoffer@star-telegram.com

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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