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Could David Wilson’s Latest Neck Injury Be Final Nail in Coffin for New York Giants Career?

July 31st, 2014 at 12:15 PM
By Douglas Rush

It always seems to be one disastrous thing after another with New York Giants running back David Wilson.

Ever since being drafted with the team's first round pick back in 2012 and cutting loose Ahmad Bradshaw to make him the full-time starter, it's been an utter nightmare with him.

It started with the fumbling problems, even during his rookie season that lead to people wondering if he was the right choice to take on the load at starter; the Dallas Cowboys made that well aware in Week 1 back in September. Wilson's fumbling problem and then benching during the game was the reason why Brandon Jacobs was signed from his couch into Week 2's contest with the Denver Broncos.

On top of the fumbling problem and lack of consistency, an even bigger problem arose, as Wilson suffered a severe neck injury in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles after taking a shot to the head/neck area; an injury that was later diagnosed as spinal stenosis, which has been a career killer for past players in the NFL. That injury ended Wilson's 2013 season and forced him to have spinal fusion surgery in January and his status for 2014 was up in the air.

Wilson eventually did get cleared for training camp, but then another setback occured; a neck burner. Normally, a neck burner wouldn't be a big deal, but for a guy with spinal stenosis and coming off major neck surgery, a neck burner is bad news and now, it's going to take a miracle for Wilson to even see the field in 2014.

With the snowball of bad news and the team already prepared at running back with Peyton Hillis, Rashad Jennings and the drafting of Andre Williams, might it be time for the Giants to consider pulling the plug with Wilson altogether? 

This latest injury shows that Wilson can't be counted on nor relied upon to be a factor on the field and while it's a shame that his career hasn't gotten off to the start that everyone hoped, the Giants still need to focus on the football side of things and an oft-injured running back with fumbling issues doesn't look like a great investment to have on the roster going forward.

The team made the smart decision in drafting Williams with their fourth round pick and a lot of people around football have really high hopes for the former Boston College back and could be the future of the team at the position, so maybe with Williams around, Wilson's tenure with the Giants may have came with an expiration date.

With the neck injury now factoring in, Wilson's time with the Giants might have come to a premature end, but an end nevertheless.


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13 Responses to “Could David Wilson’s Latest Neck Injury Be Final Nail in Coffin for New York Giants Career?”

  1.  T-Thom97 says:

    sad news

  2.  Krow says:

    Time to cut to the chase … David Wilson is done as an NFL football player. It’s sad … it sucks … and we all wish him the best. But it’s over. He’s not coming back … and he’s a fool if he tries. The world is full of ‘could-haves’ and ‘should-haves’. The Giants need to make an injury settlement and bring this unfortunate matter to a close. It’s not going to do anyone any good if he clings to some false hope. And in fact it has the potential to do a lot of harm. Do the right thing and ‘man up’ Reese.

  3.  Krow says:

    Wait a minute !!! Benton took some time off ???!!! WTF !!! Isn’t that like one of the signs of the Apocalypse ? It’ll be raining frogs next.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      It hasn’t really happen though, unfortunately. I’ve worked all three days of my vacation so far and will be doing so again tomorrow. Wasn’t meant to be this time. Maybe next time!

  4.  Nosh.0 says:

    This is unfortunate for the kid, but we all kind of saw this coming. As I said all offseason in regards to Wilson, how are you supposed to play running back in the toughest tackle football league in the world after having surgery on your neck.

    Thankfully for us JR, had the same exact thought and went into this year treating Wilson as a luxury rather than a key cog of our roster. Otherwise he would not have paid Jennings big $$$ and/or taken Williams in the 4th round.

    At the end of the day we will be fine without David Wilson. The big loser is the player himself, as he clearly had the ability to be a dynamic back in this league.

  5.  BBWC says:

    It’s too early to say Wilson’s career is over. I think people are jumping the gun because of his previous neck injury, which is understandable. However, burners and stingers are common injuries in contact or collision sports. The injury is named for the stinging or burning pain that spreads from the shoulder to the hand. This can feel like an electric shock or lightening bolt down the arm, which can be frightening. The feeling usually goes away in a few minutes. But it doesn’t mean his career is over or that it’s even related to his previous injury.
    It’s also routine for a football player to be examined by a doctor following this type of an injury before returning to the field.
    Lets just hope that its nothing more than a burner and he can return to the field.

    •  BBWC says:

      Risk Factors

      Contact sports. Athletes who engage in contact sports are more likely to suffer a burner or stinger. In fact, up to 70 percent of all college football players report having experienced a burner or stinger during their 4-year careers.

      Burners and stingers often occur with a fall onto the head, such as in a wrestling takedown or a football tackle. In fact, tackling or blocking in American football is the athletic activity that most often causes burners or stingers. Football defensive players and linemen frequently suffer this injury.

      Spinal stenosis. In addition to playing contact sports, a small spinal canal may put you at greater risk for a burner or stinger. Athletes with recurrent stingers or burners may have smaller spinal canals than players who do not suffer recurrent injury. This condition is called spinal stenosis.

  6.  BBWC says:

    One other thing I’d like to mention….. Even if the doctors give Wilson the OK to continue playing Monday, I think there is still a possibility that Giants may elect not to take a chance on him because of the potential risks. It’s something they will have to discuss and no doubt will.

    But I do believe that if Wilson is given the ok and Giants decide to release him anyways, he will find his way back on the field again, just not for the Giants.

    The Redskins won’t have an issue playing him, just ask RG3 :-)

    •  fanfor55years says:

      If the Giants give him an injury settlement and he thinks about playing for someone else he might want to consult Steve Smith and Kevin Boss to see how things worked out for them when the Giants concluded that their playing would be bad for their health. Then he could talk to Kenny Phillips.

      At least none of them were risking being in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.

      If the doctors clear Wilson because they can say that this stinger was not really related to his previous injury then I suspect the team will gladly take him back. But if this injury IS related to the other, then the Giants are going to rightly refuse to play him and I sure hope David Wilson and his family recognize that he may have dodged a bullet and his playing days should come immediately to an end.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    So how long will it now be before Coughlin starts talking about how Williams is deficient in protecting the quarterback so they’re going with Hillis as the #2 back with Williams still a short-yardage guy until he “learns all the other stuff”?

    I guarantee that if Williams is given five weeks to pick up the decision-making that goes into blitz pickup he will master it. This is an intelligent kid. Give him a chance. But I’m talking into the wind. I suspect we’ll see the same old bulldung when it comes to this kind of thing. The smart thing to do would be to have Williams playing the downs in preseason when Painter is in, call plenty of passes, and let him learn about protecting his QB. If he makes a mistake the guy getting hit is someone the team really hopes isn’t on the roster come September. But I don’t expect that to happen. I like Coughlin. I really do. But I hate him too.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      I agree with you FF he needs to be thrown right into the fire, he will learn quick, but given Coughlin’s dislike for rookies, Williams will be wasted for at least a year. I think this kid has “star” written all over him.

  8.  NC Giant says:

    Who will be in Canton this weekend? If any of you are heading up I would love to meet up. My brother in law is meeting me on Saturday afternoon but I will be wandering around on Friday, Sat, and Sunday.

    I am pumped…my first HOF experience. Early 40th B-Day present from my wife and kids! Gold Jacket Dinner Friday night, Induction Saturday, and the game Sunday! Let me know if you’ll be there!

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