New York Giants second-year running back David Wilson is coming off of a career-threatening neck injury in 2013, and we were all elated when he received full medical clearance from the Giants ahead of training camp. But he suffered a neck injury, termed as a “burner”, at practice yesterday and needed to undergo tests. The Giants are obviously going to be as cautious as possible with Wilson, because any injury to his neck is terrible news and could potentially derail his career further.
NJ.com’s Conor Orr reports that the Giants will sit Wilson out this week of practice, and he won’t play in the team’s preseason opener on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Per Orr, doctors will re-evaluate his neck on the Monday after the game, giving him some time to heal up before doctors can get a better sense of the magnitude of this latest injury. We can only hope that it isn’t a significant setback, because that would be too cruel.
Wilson is in a precarious position right now, and we’ll be waiting with fingers crossed for further information. Just 23, Wilson is heading into his third season and would be an explosive change-of-pace back for the Giants if healthy and on the right track. He has all the physical tools to be a very good back in this league, as he averaged five yards per carry on 71 rushes as a rookie. A true home-run threat, Wilson brings a different set of skills to the table than the other backs in the Giants deep stable, but this latest injury is a reminder that it’s hard to count on someone coming off of an injury that could have ended their career.