Plainfield native Perry Dorrestein is on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
The 6-foot-6, 321-pound offensive tackle was elated when he signed with the New York Jets last week shortly after the NFL Players Association agreed to a contract proposed by the owners to end a nearly six-month lockout.
That mood turned sour when the 23-year-old Plainfield Central High School graduate failed the team physical.
When the Jets take the field for training camp Monday, the University of Michigan graduate will not be a part of it.
“They said my knee was questionable,” Dorrestein said via text message Saturday afternoon. “That’s baloney.”
Dorrestein hurt his knee during a September 2009 practice with the Wolverines. That’s nearly two years ago.
His first career start for Michigan was at left tackle against Notre Dame Sept. 15, 2008. From there, Dorrestein started 21 out of 32 games the rest of his career. He appeared in 31 games for the Wolverines, who went 7-6 last season, their best in former coach Rich Rodriguez’s three-year tenure.
Michigan lost 52-14 to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.
The next step for Dorrestein will be to remain in shape until opportunity comes knocking again.
“I’m going to train and be ready for next year or when the next opportunity arises,” Dorrestein said via text.
Dorrestein earned three varsity letters with the Wolverines.
At Plainfield Central, he was a two-year varsity starter and all-conference selection.
He earned all-state honors from the Illinois High School Association, the Chicago Tribune and the Champaign News-Gazette.