NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Giants are holding their breath on running back David Wilson, who suffered a “burner” in his neck just a week after being cleared for contact.
The 23-year-old left practice with the nerve injury on Tuesday, an alarming turn of events for a player coming off neck surgery.
“We were all praying that it would be not an issue and that he would be able to come back and just go to work,” coach Tom Coughlin said.
Wilson, whose career was thought to be in jeopardy when he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis last season, underwent testing at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He won’t participate at training camp for the rest of the week, the Giants announced Wednesday.
He’ll also miss Sunday’s Hall of Fame game against Buffalo in Canton, Ohio.
The second-year back took to Twitter on Wednesday evening and appeared upbeat.
Wilson felt the burner — also known as a stinger — when he ran into offensive lineman Eric Herman during practice.
“Obviously he was stunned,” Coughlin said. “I didn’t see it. I heard what it might have been, but I better look at the film first.”
Wilson was drafted by New York in the first round in 2012. He had a spinal fusion in January, months after suffering a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 against Philadelphia.
He’ll be evaluated on Monday by the doctor who performed the original surgery, the team said.
The Giants were hoping for big things from the explosive Wilson, who participated in offseason workouts but wasn’t cleared in full until the start of training camp. An orthopedic surgeon with expertise in burners told Newsday that the latest injury was “worrisome” for someone with Wilson’s history.
“We’ll see,” Coughlin said. “I’m not going to speculate what it is and see what the doctors say.”
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