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Giants RB Wilson’s career over due to back injury

David Wilson

FILE - In this Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, New York Giants running back David Wilson talks to the media during an NFL football organized team activity in East Rutherford, N.J. New York Giants running back David Wilson has been cleared for contact work after recovering from neck surgery, Monday, July 21, 2014. Although he attended offseason workouts with the Giants, Wilson was held back from many activities by the team's medical staff. On Monday, he said, "I got cleared this morning ... that was the best news I'd gotten in a while." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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August 06, 2014 |

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants running back David Wilson’s NFL career is over after two seasons because of a back injury.

The 23-year-old Wilson was told by doctors Monday that he risked more serious problems if he kept playing.

He underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January. At practice last Tuesday, Wilson caught a pass and ran with his head down into the back of an offensive lineman, a hit that caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.

He missed the final 11 games last season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord.

“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” he said in a statement released by the team. “I lived my dream. 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.”

Wilson was drafted in the first round, 32nd overall, out of Virginia Tech in 2012. As a rookie, he rushed for 358 yards and scored four touchdowns while making his mark as a kick returner. He got off to a slow start last season before the injury.

Wilson’s condition is not expected to require additional surgery or therapy.

 

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