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It is a sad day in New York as, at the age of just 23, with only two seasons played in the NFL, running back David Wilson’s NFL career is over.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Giants team doctor released a statement explaining the dangers of Wilson continuing to play:
After recent examinations at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City have led him and Wilson’s surgeon Frank Cammisa Jr. to believe that Wilson would be putting himself at excessive risk of even more serious injuries if he continues to pursue a football career.
In week 5 of the 2013 NFL season, Wilson was placed on season-ending injured reserve after he suffered spinal stenosis. He underwent neck surgery at the beginning of this year, but after he was re-injured during camp, it looks as if the Giants won’t allow him to continue playing.
After this announcement David Wilson released his own statement, via Pro Football Talk:
I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me.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 a first-round pick in 2012, and was expected to be the team’s next top flight running back as the team has struggled to have a consistent threat since Tiki Barber retired.
With Wilson no longer in the picture, the Giants will now rely on veteran Rashad Jennings, and rookie Andre Williams to carry the load this season.