Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Wait for Update on Wilson

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Wait for Update on Wilson

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- David Wilson's head hung low, still encased in his helmet, as he made the long, slow walk off the field.

It led straight into the unknown.

Just six months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in his neck, the Giants' running back was forced from Tuesday's practice with a burner, according to the team.

Once again there are concerns that Wilson's season -- and his career -- are in jeopardy. And once again the Giants are praying for the best.

The alarming injury came just days after the explosive runner was cleared to return following the January procedure to correct a herniated disk.

Due to his history, Wilson underwent "a battery of tests and a complete workup" at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, a team spokesman said. Results were not available Tuesday night. Coach Tom Coughlin could not hide his concern minutes after head trainer Ronnie Barnes escorted Wilson on that long walk into the team facility.

"We were all praying that it would be not an issue and that he would be able to come back and just go to work," Coughlin said.

But once again it is.

The 2012 first-round pick's neck injury began last fall with a burner -- also called a stinger, a common nerve injury resulting in tingling, numbness and muscle weakness due to trauma to the neck or shoulder. He suffered it Oct. 6 against Philadelphia and missed the final 11 games.

Doctors also discovered he had spinal stenosis -- a narrowing of the spinal column. Wilson, 23, underwent surgery in January to fuse two vertebrae together. The third-year back was cleared to return only July 21, at the start of training camp.

He had participated in three practices without issue, even popping back up Friday following his first hit since surgery. But then came Tuesday.

Wilson suffered the injury late in the practice when he caught a shovel pass from quarterback Curtis Painter, turned upfield with his head lowered and ran into the back of offensive lineman Eric Herman. …

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