David Wilson’s neck injury could mean the end of his career.
Wilson, a backup running back, was declared out for the season after being examined by a spine specialist.
“We handle it with extreme caution,” General Manager Jerry Reese said last week. “That’s how anybody should handle it with a neck injury. The player’s health is far above anything else. We’re not going to put him out there until we know 1,000 percent he can be out there.”
Now, according to Bob Glauber of Newsday, Wilson’s career could be over because of the injury.
“Asked league source if Giants RB David Wilson’s career is over because of latest neck injury. His response: ‘Most likely,'” he reported.
The 23-year-old Wilson was told by doctors Monday that he risked more serious problems if he kept playing. He underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January. At practice last Tuesday, he caught a pass and ran with his head down into the back of an offensive lineman, a hit that caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.
He missed the last 11 games last season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord.
Wilson says: “I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me. I lived my dream.”
The 2012 first-round pick played two seasons with the Giants.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.