With what started as being removed from a Week 5 loss as a precautionary neck injury has spiraled out of control into a heep of bad news for the New York Giants and starting running back David Wilson.
Following the team's 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 6, doctors are telling Wilson that he may have a condition in his neck called spinal stinosis, which Dan Graziano of ESPN New York reported, which could not only be season-ending if it needs surgery, but has the potential to be career ending.
"Asked specifically about spinal stenosis, David Wilson said that's what doctors are telling him he has," he tweeted.
The condition of spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine which can put pressure on nerves and can cause a tingling feeling if it happens; something Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Wilson noticed when he got taken out of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
For those who might not remember that far back or are a newer fan to the game, former Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver Michael Irvin suffered cervical spinal stenosis playing against the Eagles in Week 5 of the 1999 season after having his head driven into the turf of the old Veterans Stadium; a play that would end his NFL and Hall of Fame career due to the severity of it.
Former Washington Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels's career also ended from having spinal stenosis, which occurred from a helmet-to-helmet collision with a Carolina Panthers player in the 2009 seasons and was forced to retire from the NFL in 2010 after only nine years in the league.
Those two players at least got some longevity out of their NFL careers, while Wilson is only in year two of his and if in fact he does have this injury and given the history that has come with it amongst NFL players in the past, Wilson's career could be over before it even really begins, which would be an utter shame for someone who is only 22-years old and had what many thought a bright future ahead of him being the star running back for the Giants.
Wilson is still set to fly out to Los Angeles on Monday to see neck specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, who might be able to get a much better diagnosis of the neck injury, and then the Giants and Wilson can make a more proper determination as far as what Wilson needs to do going forward.
Wilson is the Giants former first-round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and was the 32nd overall pick of that round coming out of Virginia Tech with high expectations and high hopes because of his incredible speed and talent.
With Wilson out in the meantime, Brandon Jacobs will handle the starting running back duties for the Giants, which he did in Week 6 against the Bears, carrying the ball 22 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort.
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