Giants shut down David Wilson; neck injury could be career-threatening


(Seth Wenig / AP)

There was a great deal of concern — beyond the ordinary — when New York Giants running back Davis Wilson suffered what Tom Coughlin said was a “burner” in his neck during practice last week.

On Monday, after he was examined by a spine specialist, Wilson was shut down for the season (via ESPN) and there is concern that the injury may well be career-ending, too. Wilson, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in January, was only cleared to practice on July 21 and was injured in a non-contact drill. Coughlin expressed immediate concern and there was a report that Wilson would “need a miracle” to play again.

“We handle it with extreme caution,” General Manager Jerry Reese said last week. “That’s how anybody should handle it with a neck injury. The player’s health is far above anything else. We’re not going to put him out there until we know 1,000 percent he can be out there.”

On Sunday night, he was eager to return to the field, posting a photo on Instagram with the message: “Less than 24 hours away, then I can be ack out there wit[h] my team.”

The Giants signed free agents signed Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis and used a fourth-round draft pick on Andre Williams. The team also has Michael Cox, a seventh-round pick last year, on the roster.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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