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New York Giants’ David Wilson “Shut Down” Due to Neck Injury; Career “Most Likely” Over

August 4th, 2014 at 12:50 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants running back David Wilson is being "shut down" by team doctors as a result of his most recent neck injury, reports Josina Anderson. Additionally, there appears to be serious concern that Wilson's NFL career is, in fact, now over.

"Source. Giants doctors are shutting down RB David Wilson due to the neck injury that he sustained last year and most recently in camp. There is a belief that the injury could be career ending," Anderson tweeted.

Although the potential long-term prognosis could spell the end of his football career, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports this latest decision is a short-term decision only and that his long-term future with the Giants remains to be determined. However, the seriousness of his injury coupled with the risk factor of playing professional football will more than likely now end his career entirely.

Previously, it had been reported that Wilson would "need a miracle" after suffering a neck burner only six months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery to repair a damaged disc in his neck, but throughout the entire ordeal, the former first-round pick remained optimistic he would be cleared and return to the field.

"Less than 24 hrs away then I can be back out there wit my team," Wilson recently posted on Instagram with the hashtag "Monday."

If this latest "shut down" is only of the short-term variety, Wilson immediately becomes a temporary Injured Reserve (IR) option. However, and more likely, Wilson will be placed on season-ending IR and, if the team believes his neck injury is too serious to return from, could reach an injury settlement with him and subsequently release him.

Update: Citing a league source with knowledge of David Wilson's medical situation, Bob Glauber of Newsday reports that Wilson career is "most likely" over.


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32 Responses to “New York Giants’ David Wilson “Shut Down” Due to Neck Injury; Career “Most Likely” Over”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    Sad but at least he can walk away. I hope he listen’s to our doctors and doesn’t try to catch on with another team next year. He seems like a smart enough kid to do fine without football.

  2.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    August 4, 2014 at 12:01 PM
    I think concern is fair for JPP but rendering a verdict already is way too soon. We need JPP to be the first half of 2012 version to be a top 5-10 type of defense. Last night wasn’t a great start. But I do think not only could JPP have been not going all out but maybe Henderson the LT is begging to realize his potential. That kid should have been in the mix for us at #12 if he had his head screwed on straight. He looked in excellent shape too.

    The TEs are not looking like anything special. Fells lessor Boss type of presence because he’s not great but can make some decent plays in the passing game. Donnell and Robinson are still thinking out there. They are 3rd year guys and both raw coming into a new offense. We need to play them a lot in preseason. Maybe I’m wrong and they can’t be anything but if they can be something game experience is the only real way to help them.

    I don’t think Hosley was nearly as bad as it seemed to many. But his roster status is clearly in question because James seems like he’s passed him. Bowman is a roster lock. McBride is the player he might be battling for the last roster spot at CB.

    I thought Cooper was much more active than last preseason at safety. Behre showed with that hit to me he should be on the roster. He just flashes a pure football that at worse adds to the special teams.

    I really really was impressed by the young WRs. I said several times I thought we only had 5 NFL quality WRs on this roster but I was wrong. Washington if he can play specials has value because he prove size we don’t otherwise has. Seeing that play gave me some Cruz flashbacks. Not saying he’s anything on that level but he’s certainly in the legit mix for a roster spot.

    Parker getting so many chances as a PR makes me wonder if he has a real roster chance. He also flashed at WR and just could be a more more secure option as a PR than Holiday and just a better WR.

    skinnydoogan says:
    August 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM
    I have to disagree about Hosley, not sure what you were seeing. Unless a corner in pursuit is considered good.


    •  Krow says:

      Hose-me was beat like a tin drum yesterday. The capper was the first gut check of the season … 4th and goal … easy touchdown.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Hosley was right there with the WR but didn’t quite make a few plays. He also just missed a nice undercut for an interception. That amount he was off can easily be fixed. He wasn’t just getting burned. Several catches he allowed were contested catches.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        GOAT, you’re way too optimistic about certain guys. Come back to reality. he was getting burned by 3 stringers.

        •  Krow says:

          Yeah, but he was kinda close … sorta.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          He got beat by the USC kid a few times who is their 3rd WR at worse. I’m not saying he had a good game and the TD was poor play on his part. But I’m saying what he showed to me id very fixable. He didn’t get the the job done but he also wasn’t far off. And it’s also the first preseason game. Let these guys play a few preseason games. Come on some of you would have cut Nassib already.

        •  skinnydoogan says:

          I agree with this statement 150%

  3.  Krow says:

    The news we all knew was coming. No less sad though.

    And no, there’s no good test to diagnose this until you get symptoms. No predictive measures you can take. No way a team or individual can find out until it’s a problem.

  4.  ERICHONIUS says:

    (sigh) Another draft pick derailed by injury. Well hopefully Wilson finds better luck in his future endeavors.

  5.  Krow says:

    If you want to muse over life in the NFL … Michael Strahan has been gone a short 6 years … yet there are only 3 players left on the team who actually took the field with him.

  6.  James Stoll says:

    truth be told, other than the single New Orleans game and one or two other KOs in t6he 2012 season, Wilson looked more bad than good even before the injury, especially for a No. 1 pick. Because he had bust written all over him and never really contibuted to the offense before his injury, his loss is practically meaningless to the team. Best of luck to him in the future.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      i have to agree with you. I always thought everyone on this site overrated and hyped him. Never thought much of him.

  7.  James Stoll says:

    Someone said it earlier, but the 2012 Draft has really turned out to be a stinker of epic proportions.

    (1) 32 RB David Wilson Virginia Tech — injured/career over/looked like a bust anyway
    (2) 63 WR Rueben Randle LSU — underwhelming thus far; this may be his last chance
    (3) 94 CB Jayron Hosley Virginia Tech — dreadful so far; looking like a camp cut
    (4) 127 TE Adrien Robinson Cincinnati — the 2013 JPP-version of TE’s; bye-bye
    (4) 131 T Brandon Mosley Auburn — jury still out but so far nothing
    (6) 201 T Matt McCants UAB — done and gone
    (7) 239 DT Markus Kuhn North Carolina State– perhaps the best pick of the draft; maybe survives his third camp as the last DT in the rotation capable of playing 5 or 6 snaps a game; the best player on the team at identifying the quality of bratwurst

    JR needs either the draft class of 2013 to contribute significantly or this overall roster to contend for a plyoff spot or his tenure as the Giants’ GM will become quite tenuous

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      4th round has been a particular thorn in Jerry Reaches side. Jeez Jim, back one day, already in mid-year form. I don’t think DW was a bust in the making, I think his issues stemmed more from Coughlin’s absurd dislike of rookies. Poor kid was “dog housed” after his first mistake.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Your right about Hosley though, he had the makings of “toast” part 2 last night.

        •  skinnydoogan says:

          The 3rd and fourth round have given us some brutally bad players:
          3rd – Barden, Beckham
          4th – Dillard, Brewer, Robinson, pretty sure Kehl was one too.

          •  skinnydoogan says:

            Mcants actually starts for the Raiders I think.

          •  James Stoll says:

            although its an acedemic debate at this point, my thought on Wilson was that aside from his fumbling problems, he appeared to be a tentative runner with limited vision at the pro level. Admittedly a small sample size; admittedly bad offensive lines; admittedly too much time in the old man’s dog-house, so maybe never a fair chance. But considering he was a No. 1 pick, his inability to burst onto the scene at perhaps the easiest position for a rookie to shine, couple with the few indicia of pedestrian performances (the N.O. game aside), leads me to conclude he was not going to become the next great giant back.

            The silver lining is that we were never able to utlizie him so we won’t really miss him.

            My larger point is that JR has had some mighty bad drafts (exemplified by the 2012 humdinger) and the roster hit rock bottom last year causing a virtual complete re-build this off-season. JR has to be on the hot seat one would think. He needs this year to end 9-7+ with us knocking on the playoff door or Mara may feel it time to pull his plug.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      For such a “horrible” draft we likely have a minimum starting WR this year, a starting guard, a backup TE and a rotational DT. And Holsey can still make the team. It’s not a great draft but it’s not bad by epic proportions either. Plus if Wilson is healthy he’s at least a rotational RB. Even McCants has proven to be an NFL level talent.

      •  James Stoll says:


        Randall may or may not start this year; he should because if he doesn’t that means he got beat out by a UDFA (Washington maybe)
        But as a second round pick who has turned in two lackluster and inconsistent years, that’s hardly good value
        if you spend a No. 1 pick on an RB and the best that guy can do is be a rotational back – not good – of course Wilson couldn’t even do that before getting hurt
        Are you really valuing the Robinson pick as a back-up to a bunch of pedestrian to bad TE’s?
        McCants a starting quality OL, because he’s in Oakland starting?
        Hosely may turn it around; but it’s year 3 and last night was not a promising start
        Kuhn I do like if for no other reason than he’s a German, and how many Germans do you get on a football team; but with Patterson, Jenkins, Hankins and Bromley, at best he sticks as the 5th guy who may get de-activated every game or play but 2, 3, 4 snaps a game. For a 7th round pick perhaps not so bad, but nothing to write home about.

        The 2012 draft was epically bad; no two ways about it.

  8.  nick86 says:

    JRs draft history rounds 1 and 2

    07 Ross – solid contributor
    S smith- microfacture- great while he lasted

    08 Phillips- talented but out of the league due to injuries
    TT – probowl talent derailed by knee injuries

    09 Hakeem- Paid dividends wouldn’t have won SB w/ out him. but injury prone
    Sintim- Disaster

    10 JPP- Worth the pick, wouldn’t have won SB w/out him but this year he’ll either cement himself as a great player or under perform due to injuries
    Linval- Great pick- for some reason he lets a young core player walk

    11 Prince- solid not spectacular
    Austin- Disaster

    12- Wilson- on his way out
    randle- we’ll find out this year

    13 Pugh- solid, could be a cornerstone player
    Hankins- We’ll see this year

    Common denominators here? Talent. For sure lots of talent, but way too many injuries. Too many of these guys are out of the league due to injuries or on their way out. This is why we cant seem to have any consistency.

    •  James Stoll says:

      there is no question that injuries derailed several very promising players on this list. of course that is why you have to have strong third and 4th rounds as well

      JR has too many project picks where he’s looking for diamond in the ruff value

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