Giants running back David Wilson, who sustained a herniated disc in his neck on October 6th and missed the rest of the season, will have surgery next Thursday, according to Giants columnist Ralph Vacchiano of NY Daily News. Wilson’s procedure will officially be a fusion of the vertebrae.
The team expects Wilson to be available for the start of next year season, but much like with this season, the Giants will be very cautious with him due to the severity and relative uncertainty with neck injuries.
At the team’s end of season press conference, GM Jerry Reese was skeptical that Wilson would be able to head into 2014 as the top running back after undergoing major offseason surgery. Knowing the Giants, they will be very comfortable using a committee such as Wilson, Andre Brown and other various backs to carry the load.
We won’t know much about Wilson until he starts contact drills again, which are months away. However, next week’s surgery will make what everyone expected to be official, as Wilson was always likely for surgery since his October injury. Everything was set up for the 2012 first round pick to have a huge year, but even before the neck injury, Wilson’s season was already marred by fumbling issues.