NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — David Wilson insists everything is “fine” with his surgically repaired neck, but the New York Giants are reportedly preparing for the worst.
The running back “needs a miracle” after suffering a burner this week in practice, an unnamed source told NJ.com. Another source told the publication that the Giants don’t share Wilson’s optimism.
Wilson’s career was thought to be in jeopardy when he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis last year, which followed a season-ending neck injury. He underwent a spinal fusion in January.
Tuesday’s injury renewed doubts about his future, and whether he’ll be able to play again.
The 23-year-old, who was tested at the Hospital for Special Surgery, will be evaluated next week by the doctor who performed the original surgery, the team said Wednesday. He was cleared for contact at the start of training camp.
“Now, that same gloomy feeling is surrounding Wilson’s appointment on Monday,” NJ.com reported.
The Giants are keeping their former first-round pick off the field for the remainder of the week, including Sunday’s Hall of Fame game against the Buffalo Bills.
Wilson has 504 yards and five touchdowns on 115 career carries. He played a big part on special teams in his 2012 rookie year, returning 57 kicks for 1,533 yards and a touchdown.
The Giants addressed their need in the backfield this offseason by signing 29-year-old Rashad Jennings and adding Andre Williams out of Boston College in the draft.
“When I signed here, I knew we had a chance to be a force in the backfield,” Jennings said. “We have a good bunch of guys, each one of whom could be the starter. We have a special group. Every one of us has a chance to implement their ability in a unique way.”
Jennings, who had 733 yards rushing and six touchdowns last season, became the Oakland Raiders’ top back midway through the season after Darren McFadden suffered an injury.
Jennings said he was glad to see Wilson at practice Thursday. Wilson stood on the sideline during practice, wearing his jersey but no equipment.
“It’s good to see him,” Jennings said. “He was bright-eyed and ready to go. As soon as I saw him walk off the field (during Tuesday’s practice), I hurt as well. He’s a big part of this team and we want him back. I don’t care if a guy walks off the field with a bad pinky, it’s not good. We had to let him know today that we’re here and thinking of him.”
Wilson was not made available to the media on Thursday. The severity of his neck injury was also not released by the team.
“We’re just praying that the kid is OK,” Coughlin said after practice. “Until we hear what the doctors say, we’re obviously concerned. He came back and exhibited no fear. We were really excited to see him out there. Now, we just wait to see.”
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