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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Giants Injury Update: David Wilson cleared to practice

By on 7/22/2014 04:22:00 PM

New York Giants running back David Wilson finally got the news he was hoping for this week.  With the 2014 NFL season a little over a month away, Wilson has been waiting patiently to be medically cleared for football activities after suffering a severe neck injury last season.  Like the rest of the league, the Giants open their mandatory training camp this week and there isn't a running back more ecstatic to be able to participate more than Wilson.  The Giants official team website reported yesterday that Wilson was cleared for all football activities and that he would join the rest of the team later this week. 

Wilson had surgery this past January to treat a spinal condition that was discovered after he injured his neck during an October 6th game against the Philadelphia Eagles, cutting his 2013 campaign in Week 5.  Following yet another magnetic resonance imaging, Wilson announced his diagnosis on Twitter yesterday:
Wilson had been hoping to be cleared in early June, but after another MRI doctors weren't quite ready to cut him loose and he remained on New York's injured reserve list.  He was able to participate in some of the team's spring practices, but he was held out of anything that might expose him to contact until the doctors gave him the go-ahead. 

New York Giants via Wikimedia Commons
After being chosen by the Giants in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the 25 year-old running back out of Virgina Tech has posted a career 115 rushing attempts for 504 yards with five touchdowns in 21 games played. 

Wilson seemed more than ready to practice in full after he spoke with doctors on Monday:
No real concerns. I'm just excited, ready to get back out there and compete. I love competition, so I haven't been sitting on the coach. As I came out here and got started, I knew my appointment was this day and training camp was the next day, so I prepared. Now I just want to go out there and have fun
Wilson is hoping to offer the speed and the rare big-play ability he demonstrated at Virginia Tech.  In three seasons as a Hokie, Wilson posted 2,662 rushing yards in 462 rush attempts for 18 touchdowns.  He started off his rookie year in New York by fumbling twice in a season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys and got benched until he corrected issues with the way he was carrying the ball.

Once those issues got worked out and they started trusting him again, he injured his neck, and the 2013 NFL season ended up being a lost season.

Hopefully Wilson can remain healthy and help the Giants running game even though New York was prepared for him to remain sidelined.  They signed free-agent running backs Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis, drafted Boston College's Andre Williams in the fourth round and are prepared to bring back 2013 seventh-rounder Michael Cox.

A mere nine months after his initial injury, Wilson has endured spinal surgery and extensive rehabilitation to get back on the field.  Initial reports warned that his career and life were in jeopardy after that fateful day in October, but Wilson was out to prove the naysayers wrong.  His first mission is accomplished, he is cleared to attend training camp.  Next mission up for Wilson?  To reclaim the top running back slot in New York, which he can only do by proving himself on the field.

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