Former Giants running back David Wilson was forced to retire from the NFL after recurring neck issues, so he is now aiming to qualify for the U.S. track and field championships, per The New York Times. Wilson, a first-round pick in the 2012 draft, played two seasons for the Giants and scored five touchdowns.
The Giants waived 2012 first-round pick David Wilson, the explosive back out of Virginia Tech who spent last season on injured reserve following a career-ending neck injury. Wilson hurt his neck in the fifth game of his second season and went on IR a month later. While participating in training camp last year, Wilson suffered a burner that caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities. Doctors determined he should no longer play football. His career ended at age 23 after 21 games. As a rookie, Wilson set Giants records with 1,533 kickoff return yards and 1,925 all-purpose yards. He racked up a franchise-record 327 all-purpose yards, including 100 yards rushing, in a win over New Orleans that year.
The Giants announced a few roster moves Tuesday. The most notable is that running back David Wilson cleared waivers and was placed on injured reserve. Wilson announced his retirement Monday due to diffuse cervical stenosis. The Giants also signed defensive end Israel Idonije and tight end Jerome Cunningham, while waiving defensive end Kendrick Adams.
The Giants' team physician, Dr. Russell Warren, advised running back David Wilson that he should no longer play football. Wilson had neck surgery in January and suffered a neck injury last week. He is retiring from the game."David has diffuse cervical stenosis," Russell said. "He had a disc removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week's episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, [spine specialist] Frank [Cammisa Jr.] 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 he doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for him. "I lived my dream," he said. "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." The 2012 first-round pick averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored six touchdowns as a rookie, including returning a kickoff 97 yards for a score.
Giants team doctors are "shutting down" running back David Wilson following last week's neck burner, reports ESPN's Josina Anderson. Wilson underwent neck surgery in January.Anderson added there's a belief "the injury could be career ending."
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