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Giants’ Wilson Making Progress; Still Not Cleared For Contact

David Wilson (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — David Wilson has made “significant progress” since undergoing neck surgery in January, according to the New York Giants’ team doctor. But he’s still waiting for the OK on contact.

The 22-year-old running back is rehabbing from surgery to treat spinal stenosis, which has the potential to be career-threatening.

“Everything I got this morning was good news – there was nothing bad or negative,” Wilson said after receiving the results of his latest CT scan, according to the Giants’ website. “I’m very pleased and very blessed for my healing process to continue.”

Wilson has been participating in a limited role at organized team activities. Dr. Russell Warren said the team expects Wilson to be a full-go when he’s re-evaluated at training camp.

“I can do anything and everything that’s asked of me at this point,” Wilson said. “I’m removed when it’s defense vs. offense so as not to have an accident. I’m catching passes, taking handoffs from the quarterbacks and getting reps with the offense without the defense.”

A first-round pick in 2012, Wilson rushed for 146 yards with a touchdown in five games last season. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve in early November.

“There’s no need for me to go out there and have an accident that takes us backward when we’ve come so far and my surgery went well and I’m making such good progress,” Wilson said. “There’s no need for me to go out there and have an accident. We’re just working hard and I’m learning the playbook. As long as I’m getting my mental reps, I think the coaches believe in my athletic ability to take over after that and I’ll be just fine.”

But he has a long way to go before Week 1 in Detroit.

“Our medical staff feels like he’ll be ready to play this fall, but the neck and back are pretty tricky,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese told WFAN’s Mike Francesa in January. “So you never know. Jason Pierre-Paul had a back (issue), and he was just a shell of what he was a couple of years ago.”

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