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David Wilson to have offseason neck surgery

Running back David Wilson will have offseason neck surgery, GM Jerry Reese said on WFAN.

Wilson will have a “fusion of the vertebrae.” He said the initial diagnosis is that he has spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal canal.

“He’s got to come back and be healthy, number one,” Reese said. “He’s planning to have surgery, and we’ll see how that comes out. Our medical staff feels like he’ll be ready to play this fall, but the neck and back – that’s pretty tricky. So you never know.”

He played in just five games in 2012, carrying for 126 yards and one touchdown.

The surgery is planned for January 16.

“We’re hopeful that David will be able to play for us again next year,” Giants CEO John Mara said. “Time will tell on that one.”

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants needed to correct this at the soonest possible moment and many felt they were taking the long route. Now, they realize they have to act in order to assure they protect Wilson, who is a valuable asset and a big part of their future.

Or is he? He may be one of the players the team “overvalued,” as per John Mara and Reese. He is clearly an explosive player but did not embrace the role as a No. 1 back this past fall. Mara said today the team could be looking to bring in a RB via free agency or the draft.

12 comments
chasesimms
chasesimms

Gotta plan like he won't be around. 

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

If Wilson returns fit enough and gets cleared to play football again. The Giants should just utilize him on kickoffs and punt returns. Resign Brown and go get Ben Tate in free agency. Utilized Wilson on offense in special packages (similar to how the Giants used Dave Megget)

joeknix
joeknix

I guess we can officially add running back to our list of needs for 2014.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@Michael Stewart Yes, they are finding out that Wilson is not a mail carrier. He's more of a third-down specialist and a returner. Brown will likely be re-signed as well as another back. Not sure if Tate is the guy they're targeting. They could also draft a back.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@ChemnerC @SNYtv It was the medical dept's decision.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@ChemnerC @SNYtv They were operating on the premise that rest and rehab were the right course of action. They were wrong.

cj1786
cj1786

@ChemnerC@SNYtvBecause you always wait to see if things heal on their own before proceeding with surgery, especially when in come to herniated discs. 

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@SNYGiants @Michael Stewart Not sure they are targeting Tate either; I just mentioned his name simply because his style of running fits into the Giants offensive scheme (like Brown). Also, Tate was behind Foster in Houston and could fly a bit under the radar; which could mean he won't break the bank. These are the type of UFA that GM Reese coverts. GM Reese could look into the draft for a RB as well, with only 6 picks (unless Reese trades down for additional picks or makes a trade) he needs to be selective as he will have other needs  (OL,CB,WR, OLB) as well. with roughly $17.5 in cap space and additional $$$ if certain contracts are voided (Snee, Baas, Kiwanuka, Webster, Myers). Reese should be able to fill all the Giants needs before training camp.