Giants RB Wilson advised to retire
Updated On: Aug 04 2014 02:18:23 PM CDT
Running back David Wilson will be placed on season-ending injured reserve after being advised not to play football by his surgeon.
"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. Russell Warren in a team-issued release. "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 suffered a burner during the Giants' July 29 practice and consulted Dr. Frank Cammissa, who performed Wilson's spinal fusion surgery on January 16.
"I don't want anybody to feel sorry for my, or pity me. I lived my dream," Wilson said in a statement Monday, discussing football as a career in the past tense, an indication he will never resume playing in the NFL.
Head coach Tom Coughlin was visibly shaken discussing Wilson after the injury, and said the team is praying for the best possible outcome. Wilson was cleared for contact July 21 after not participating in offseason workouts.
The long-term absence of Wilson opens a wider door for rookie Andre Williams to contribute.
Williams, drafted in the fourth round out of Boston College, has been mostly used as a short-yardage and goal line back with the Giants during preseason practices. Wilson had a 21-yard carry, a 3-yard touchdown run and 48 yards on seven carries in Sunday's preseason game against Buffalo.
While the rookie wasn't been known for his pass receiving skills in college, Giants running backs coach Craig Johnson said Williams has zeroed in on improving that aspect of the game.
"He definitely knew that was a problem he had to get better at coming out of Boston College, not having a lot of touches catching the ball. He has worked very hard at that and he is improving in that area," Johnson said.
Another area in which Williams will have to adjust is in the reduction of carries he could potentially see per game.
In college, the 5-foot-11, 230-pound Williams averaged a little more than 27 touches per game as a senior, a year in which he rushed for 2,177 yards.
With the Giants, he will likely split the workload with projected starter Rashad Jennings and third-down back Peyton Hillis, which means he probably won't see more than 15 carries per game.
Williams was asked if a potential reduction in his carries per game might affect his ability to get into a rhythm.
"I learn a lot from stepping back and just watching what other running backs are doing," he said.
"I feel like I can fill in the role they want me to fill. At the same time I am young and I need to gain experience, and I think I can do a lot of that sitting back sometimes and letting the older guys show me how it's done."
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