Sunday, April 27, 2003

4. Dennis Weathersby, CB, Oregon St.

Recovering from drive-by shooting

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

       After the bullet pin-balled through his body on Easter Sunday and came to a rest in his arm, Dennis Weathersby had several thoughts in his mind.

POSITION: Cornerback
SCHOOL: Oregon State
SIZE: 6-0, 204
HOMETOWN: Duarte, Calif.
CAREER NOTES: Mainstay in the OSU secondary since his freshman year ... 5 interceptions, 56 deflections ... All-Academic Pac-10 three times ... 4.6 in 40.

       "I don't want to die. I hope it's not a serious injury. I hope I can walk," Weathersby said at noon Sunday, less than an hour after the Bengals selected the former Oregon State cornerback with their first pick in the fourth round.

       Weathersby said he was walking to his truck at his friend's house in their hometown of Duarte, Calif, "about 10 minutes east of Pasadena," when what he described as Latino gang members drove by and started shooting at the house.

       Weathersby is African-American.

       "There is a black and Latino history," he said. "It's deep and strong."

       The bullet entered his back, below his lungs, exited his torso and then struck his left arm. He lost consciousness. No surgery was required. He was released Friday.

       The bullet is still in his upper left arm, right beneath the skin, and will be removed Tuesday. He won't be here for the May 2-4 minicamp.

       Weathersby, who is out of the hospital and back at his mother's home, said he lost half of his blood and remains light-headed. His friend, Calvin Byrd, got Weathersby into Weathersby's truck and drove him 10 minutes to Santa Teresita Hospital.

       Weathersby, projected on same draft boards as a first- or second-round pick, dropped to the fourth round for the Bengals.

       Bengals defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said the organization checked out Weathersby's medical situation and his personal background.

       "It was an innocent thing," Frazier said. "It was purely coincidental."

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he spent another 20 minutes on the phone with Weathersby on Saturday night, prior to picking him. Lewis also said he spent a great deal of time talking to Weathersby at the scouting combine in Indianapolis in February.

       Frazier talked to Weathersby again Sunday morning.

       "There are some chinks in the armor lately," Lewis said of Weathersby. "Where he is from, I coached in southern California, I recruited southern California. Not all people are brought up the same way."

       Lewis said he was satisfied that Weathersby is not a "character problem."

Weathersby is expected to miss another 6-8 weeks but should be on the field when training camp opens July 27, Frazier said.

       Weathersby is 6-0, 204 pounds and started 45 of 48 games during his career at Oregon State. He had 118 career tackles and five interceptions. He was an academic All-America selection for four consecutive years at Oregon State and graduated in December with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies.

       The Bengals like him as a cornerback who will jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.

       Weathersby said he was disappointed about his draft position but understands why he dropped on so many boards. He also has learned a lesson.

       "Tomorrow," he said, "is not promised."


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