Putting David Wilson’s ‘burner’ in Context


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David Wilson Update

Jerry Reese admitted before training camp began that the Giants had been planning for a scenario in which David Wilson might not be cleared to play or practice. Wilson, coming off of spinal fusion surgery to fix a herniated disc in his neck, was given medical clearance on July 21st. The Giants have been easing him into practices, but now they may once again have to envision a future without their 2012 first round running back.

Following a collision with center Eric Herman and linebacker Mark Herzlich in a running drill on Tuesday, Wilson was escorted off the field by trainers and brought into the facility. Later in the afternoon, coach Tom Coughlin described the injury as a ‘burner.’

ESPN’s Dan Graziano originally reported that David Wilson would be taken in for a series of tests and physical therapy procedures:

This morning, Giants beat writer Art Stapleton further updated the current status of Wilson. “Flip” will reportedly be inactive for the remainder of the week, including the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday evening, and he’ll be re-evaluated Monday August 4th by his fusion surgeon:

If immediate clarity is what you’re seeking, you’ve come to the wrong place. Right now the prospects on Wilson’s long-term health require a “wait and see” approach. Suffice it to say, persistent neck issues are serious business. This is an extremely unfortunate break for all parties involved.

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Last week Wilson was reveling in the grandeur of accepting his first punishing hit since returning to full contact. But just nine days after receiving medical clearance, Wilson is once again mired in the unknown… with his future in professional football potentially hanging in the balance. Giants Nation is praying for you, Flip.