Giants Place David Wilson on Injured Reserve, Career Over?
The feared has become the reality. New York Giants running back David Wilson received bad news when he visited doctors about his recent neck injury on Monday, as he has been advised to discontinue his pro football playing career.
The Giants haven’t taken the medical suggestion lightly, as they have elected to “shutdown” Wilson for the 2014 season, effectively ending his year by placing him on season-ending injured reserve. Just 23 years old, it’s highly likely Wilson is done in New York and is also probably done playing professional football, altogether.
Wilson seemed surprisingly upbeat in a statement on Monday, however, saying, “Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too. Don’t feel sorry for me or pity me.”
Wilson went on to say that he felt thankful that he could “literally walk away” from the game.
After working vigorously to return to New York’s practice following a scary neck injury and subsequent surgery stemming from last season, Wilson made it back to practice last week, only to re-injure his neck. Wilson didn’t injure his neck exactly as it had been injured before, but suffered a “neck burner” (commonly also referred to as a stinger) and experienced numbness in his extremities.
New York’s coaching staff was understandably concerned with Wilson’s state following the injury in practice, though Wilson initially revealed on Twitter that he was “fine”. While Wilson should be fine in the long-term, his health was clearly not deemed fine by NFL standards.
Likely remembered by fantasy football owners as a an early pick that disappointed thanks to fumbles in 2013, Wilson will also be remembered as an elite talent that was never able to realize his potential before bowing out with a significant injury.
While we may never get to see Wilson dazzle on an NFL field again, his talent is still worth remembering, as he was a sensational player at Virginia Tech in college and even had a handful of big moments in the NFL during his rookie season in 2012.
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