The promising career of New York Giants running back David Wilson appears to be over before his third NFL season.
The Giants announced Monday that two doctors have advised Wilson, 23, to stop playing football due to the condition of his neck and spine. The Giants placed Wilson on injured reserve, which means he will not play for them this season.
According to a team news release, Wilson has come to terms with the fact his playing days are through.
“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me or pity me,” he said in the team’s release. “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 injured his neck in a Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and missed the rest of the season. He had spinal fusion surgery in January and was not cleared for full contact until July 21, the day before the Giants’ first training camp practice.
He was injured during practice a week later and spent a portion of last week being examined by doctors.
On Monday morning, he met with Frank Cammisa, who is the chief of spine services at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the doctor who performed Wilson’s surgery in January. Cammisa and Giants team doctor Russell Warren advised Wilson not to play anymore.
“David has diffuse cervical stenosis,” Warren said in the team’s news release. “He had a disk 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 anymore. 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.”
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