David Wilson’s neck burner, an injury that he sustained during practice this week, is the latest setback to afflict the New York Giants’ speedster and some within the organization fear that his return to the field could be in serious jeopardy. A source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano that the team would be very surprised if Wilson played for Big Blue again.
Meanwhile Wilson has remained positive and optimistic about his chances of returning sooner rather than later and fellow running back Rashad Jennings told reporters on Thursday that the injured Giant appeared to be in good spirits at team meetings.
"It was good to see him back in the meeting room, bright-eyed and ready to go," noted Jennings.
Wilson underwent spinal fusion surgery in January to repair a herniated disk in his neck and correct spinal stenosis which he was diagnosed with last season. Just one week after returning to camp, the former Virginia Tech standout is sidelined by neck troubles yet again and his NFL mortality has been brought into serious question.
The Giants announced that Wilson would be ruled out for the remainder of this week’s practice sessions and is listed as out for Sunday’s preseason game with the Buffalo Bills. Doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery conducted further tests and evaluations to determine the extent of the issue and whether Wilson is in danger of suffering further damage or even worse a debilitating condition if he continues to play football. With Jennings, Michael Cox, Peyton Hillis and Andre Williams filling up a crowded Giants’ backfield, it appears New York is preparing for the worst in regards to their former top draft pick.