David Wilson may need surgery but will likely play next year

New York Giants running back David Wilson (22) dives forward for a first down during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

New York Giants talented second-year running back David Wilson suffered a nasty neck injury in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles when he scored his only touchdown of the season, and the injury was severe enough to cause Wilson to miss the rest of the 2013 season. It is such a serious injury, in fact, that there are some people who believe the speedy Virginia Tech product shouldn’t play football again, but Wilson has stated that he believes he’ll be back out there next season.

Add General Manager Jerry Reese to the people who do believe Wilson will play in 2014. According to the New York Daily News’s Ralph Vacchiano, Wilson “may need” neck surgery in the offseason, but Reese stated that the doctors are optimistic that his surgery will be a success and that he should be out there next year.

That’s the result we’re all hoping for, but Wilson’s neck injury is an extremely scary one. At this point, only the injury that Green Bay Packers Jermichael Finley suffered was a scarier incident that happened in the 2013 season. There is little doubt that Wilson is a very talented back, and he was supposed to have a breakout year this season. Even before he was injured, Wilson wasn’t having much of a breakout campaign, as he averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on the ground. That total should go up next season, because the biggest culprit was awful blocking from the Giants offensive line that has been bad all year.

With a return to health and a revamped offensive line, Wilson should bank on the potential that he showed as a rookie. He’s a player to watch for closely in 2014, and let’s hope that he can make a full recovery.

Topics: David Wilson, Injury Report, Jerry Reese, New York Giants

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