Last week, doctors feared that Wilson may have spinal stenosis, a neck injury that has taken the careers of past players such as Michael Irvin and Chris Samuels; and one that could have required surgery if it was severely damaged if the impact from being driven to the ground last weekend was that bad, however it does not look like that is the case for now.
Dan Graziano of ESPN New York reported that Wilson will not need surgery after visiting neck specialist Dr. Robert Watkins on Monday in Los Angeles and will be out for at least 3-4 weeks with his injury; which is, in fact, spinal stenosis and a herniated disc.
While Wilson will be out during that time, Wilson will rehab the neck injury and then after the 3-4 week time frame, doctors will re-evaluate his neck to see how it has responded to treatment. Conor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger reported that the team has not entirely ruled out sitting him out for the season to prevent further damage and potentially do more damage that could ruin his career.
With a combination of the spinal stenosis injury and the herniated disc in his neck, it would make sense for the team to look at other options at running back, especially since Brandon Jacobs was dealing with a hamstring injury on Monday that kept him out of practice and could hurt his status for Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
Andre Brown is still out with a leg injury and Da'Rel Scott is out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears. With those guys out, if Wilson got knocked out for the remainder of the season, it would have only further worsened the team's options and depth at the running back position, which has been extremely thin to begin with.
In five games, Wilson has 44 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown before being sidelined in Week 5 with the initial neck injury against the Philadelphia Eagles, which once started out as precautionary, but has become more severe than once expected.
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