Charlie Wysocki, a two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference running back and Maryland's leading career rusher, is suffering from "depression" and has been undergoing treatment for nearly two months at a psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania, according to Washington Federals General Manager Dick Myers.
Wysocki signed with the Federals but was unable to report to camp.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Wysocki set a number of ACC and Maryland records. In four years, he carried the ball 769 times for 3,317 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Myers said, "I have been talking to Charlie and to his parents three or four times a week ever since the beginning of training camp (Feb. 1). We understand that the prognosis is good and we are hoping he'll be okay . . . If all goes well, we expect Charlie to have another opportunity with us next year."
Myers declined to be specific about Wysocki's situation, but said he knew Wysocki was upset when he wasn't drafted by the NFL.
"He signed as a free agent with Dallas, but that was exactly the wrong place for him, they're so full of talent," said Myers. "Nobody in the NFL ever really gave him a good look."
The Federals had been optimistic about Wysocki's prospects with the team, not only as a talented athlete but also as an individual with a great deal of local recognition and appeal.