East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – The NFL career of New York Giants running back David Wilson is apparently over after he was advised by doctors on Monday to no longer play football due to neck problems.
Wilson, 23, left practice last Tuesday with a burner and was sent to a hospital for tests on his surgically repaired neck. He sat out the remainder of last week’s practices and Sunday night’s preseason game.
On Monday morning, Wilson met with the doctor who performed his surgery in January to fuse vertebrae and repair a herniated disk, an injury Wilson suffered in a Week 5 loss to Philadelphia last season.
The advice not to play came from that doctor, Frank Cammisa Jr., and Giants team physician Russell Warren.
“(Cammisa) examined David this morning and following that exam, we both sat down and shared our perspective with David,” said Warren. “David has diffuse cervical stenosis. He had a disk removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week’s episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, Frank and I both told David he should not play football any more.
“We let David know that by playing, he would be putting himself at risk for more episodes like last week or perhaps something more serious.”
Wilson, who announced July 21 that he had been cleared to practice, will be placed on injured reserve for the 2014 season. No additional surgery is planned.
In two seasons with the Giants, the former first-round pick rushed for 504 yards and five touchdowns over 21 games — including six starts. He caught six passes for 42 yards and a score.
“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” said Wilson. “I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too.”
The Giants will now rely on veteran free-agent acquisition Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams to carry the load in the backfield.