Report: Foot Costs Dontre Wilson Chargers Opportunity

By D.J. Byrnes on May 12, 2017 at 10:31 am
Dontre Wilson won't play for the Chargers.

Minutes after the 2017 NFL Draft ended, Ohio State football announced former H-Back Dontre Wilson signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers. Wilson confirmed the news later that night and added picture proof two days later:

Wilson worked with FOX Sports: PROcast in past weeks to give fans an inside look at his training regiment in preparation for this weekend's Chargers rookie camp.

However, undrafted free agent contracts are notoriously fickle. Some amount to little more than a tryout at rookie camp.

Thursday, Wilson tweeted (and promptly deleted), "Well, I won't be a LA Charger anymore due to something that I can't control. Everything happens for a reason and I'm happy I got a[n] opportunity."

Dave Biddle of 247Sports tracked down Wilson's father, Don. According to him, one doctor scuttled Wilson's opportunity due to concerns about a foot injury suffered in 2014 against Michigan State in East Lansing.

"There were 3-4 doctors that examined his foot and said he was clear, he was fine, but there was one doctor that wouldn't clear him. But 3-4 doctors said he was fine. Just all the rumors about his foot and whatever else just are not true. It was just one doctor that would not clear him.

"We are in the process of talking to several other NFL teams."

Wilson's father went on to contend his son "never signed" with the Chargers in the first place. It's an interesting interpretation given Wilson's work with FOX Sports: PROcast and a (since-deleted) Instagram post of a drawing of Wilson in a Chargers uniform.

Regardless, it's clear Wilson doesn't intend to hang up his cleats yet and could still earn a chance to catch on with another NFL franchise.

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