New York Giants’ running back David Wilson‘s season, and possibly his career, are over. Wilson, who appears to have spinal stenosis, took a hit to the neck during training camp July 29th, causing him to feel numbness down his arms and back. The Giants’ team doctors have advised him that it is in his best interest to walk away from the game, while he can still walk.
Wilson, who gained 1,925 all-purpose yards in his rookie campaign, was hoping to return to his 2012 form and be a major impact player for the Giants this season. But he understand the risk involved in staying and may step away for good. He posted on Instagram “At age 8, I told my #Dad I wanted to play football in THE NFL, unfortunately that has been paused, but I am blessed that I am able to walk away from this game healthy and still able to be me with no restrictions pain or struggle.” This seems like a player who understands how serious his condition is and that it’s best he doesn’t play.
Wilson was a fan favorite in his rookie campaign, especially for his back-flip end zone celebration. Fans started to sour towards him last season because of his fumbling issue, something they were all too familiar with having watched Tiki Barber go through similar problems. Still, the expectations for Wilson in 2014 were very high. Head coach Tom Coughlin was shocked at how high Wilson’s spirits were after receiving the devastating news. “Nothing that was said got him to a state of melancholy or anything, and he wasn’t going to go there. That’s the impression I got. If you think back on it, that’s the way he always has been.”
Spinal stenosis shortened the careers of Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and Sterling Sharpe, who surely would’ve been inducted had it not been for the injury. And although the Giants’ players and staff feel for Wilson and his career being cut short, they are also left with a hole at running back. They still have Rashad Jennings and now journey man Peyton Hillis, but depth is a major issue that will have to be addressed before week 1.