The New York Giants announced Monday that they have advised RB David Wilson that he should no longer play football.
“Dr. Frank Cammisa Jr., our spine specialist at HSS examined David this morning and following that exam, we both sat down and shared our perspective with David,” said Dr. Warren, via Giants.com. “David has diffuse cervical stenosis. He had a disc removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week’s episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, Frank and I both told David he should not play football any more. We let David know that by playing, he would be putting himself at risk for more episodes like last week or perhaps something more serious. ”
Wilson said that he doesn’t want anyone to pity him for how things have played out.
“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” said Wilson. “I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too.”
“I’m thankful that I can literally walk away from the game and that I am healthy and capable of doing the same things I have done all my life, except play football,” said Wilson. “I always try to find the positive in everything. This morning when I saw Dr. Cammisa and Dr. Warren, I didn’t hear what I wanted to hear, but I expected that what they told me could be a possibility. I had played out both scenarios in my mind. I prayed this morning before I went to see them that they would tell me what God would tell me. He put His answer in them to relay to me.”
- According to Anderson, “there is a belief that the injury could be career ending.“
Wilson is meeting with the surgeon who performed his surgery Monday after he suffered a neck burner last week.
The Newark Star Ledger reported last week Wilson “needs a miracle” to return to the field, and all indications have been that his career was likely in jeopardy.
The Giants played their first preseason game of the year and Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams both looked good in their early action and figure to be the team’s top running back entering the 2014 season.
Wilson, 22, was a first-round pick of the Giants back in 2012. He struggled before his injury last season, only averaging 3.3 yards-per-carry and fumbled twice, which led to him being benched.
Hopefully, this isn’t a career-ending injury and he’ll be able to get back on the field at some point.