The 2013 season was supposed to be David Wilson's breakout year as the top running back for the New York Giants. But, instead, his future with the team and as a football player in general may be in jeopardy.
During the Giants' Week 5 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Wilson suffered a neck injury when he was slammed into the turf at MetLife Stadium and after further testing, it was revealed that he has spinal stenosis; which narrows the spinal column and has been a career-ending injury in the past to NFL players; Michael Irvin's career ended on the same injury.
Wilson has not committed to having surgery on his neck just yet, but even if it does, Giants general manager Jerry Reese told the media on Monday that at the current moment, the team isn't counting on Wilson to be their main running back in 2014 because of the injury he suffered this past season.
“I don’t think you go into the next season saying David Wilson’s going to be our No. 1 starting running back,’’ Reese said Monday. “The guy is coming off of a neck surgery, if he decides to have it. The earlier reports that I’ve gotten, doctors do think they can fix this and he’ll be able to play."
Because of Wilson's injury, the team had to rely on mid-season signings of Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis, plus the return of Andre Brown off temporary injured reserve in Week 10, but Wilson's injury was just one of many issues that the Giants offense had to deal with in the season.
In Week 1, Wilson had a major case of the fumbles. as he coughed up the ball twice in a 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and ultimately, lead to the Giants signing Jacobs for Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.
In five games played during the 2013 season, Wilson had 44 caries for 146 yards and a touchdown before being placed on season-ending injured reserve.
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