“No one knows if [David] Wilson will ever play again following neck surgery,” Dan Graziano wrote (ESPN New York, May 23).
Wilson is still working back from spinal surgery and has not been cleared by doctors.
The Giants signed Rashad Jennings, re-signed Peyton Hillis and drafted Andre Williams as running back depth.
If Wilson is able to play, he likely won’t be the starting back, Graziano wrote.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Wilson’s injury, or condition (diagnosed as spinal stenosis) is a tricky one and is very similar to that of Jermichael Finley, who is also awaiting medical clearance. The bottom line is that very few doctors want to deal with neck and head injuries and are reluctant to greenlight players to return to action these days.
Wlison says he’s ready and feels great, but thus far no doctor has approved him for duty. The fact is, doctors just don’t know if the neck is more susceptible to injury after spinal stenosis surgery. Until a medical professional steps up and says it’s not, players with this condition may be forced to retire.
Wilson, the Giants’ first round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, has two more years on his rookie contract, which was worth $6,683,979 ($3,301,456 in signing bonus; $5,382,979 guaranteed). He has cap hits of $1,823,046 this season and $2,126,887 next year.
Should Wilson not be cleared by camp, they will place him on PUP in the hopes that he may be able to return by Week 9. If not, he goes on IR for the remainder of the season and the Giants go through the same same exercise next spring.
His absence paves the way for the Giants to keep four RBs: Jennings, Hillis, Williams and second-year RB Michael Cox, and possibly both fullbacks in camp this summer (Henry Hynoski and Jon Conner).