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Height/Weight: 5-9/205 | Birthdate: 6/15/1991 | Birthplace: Danville, VA, USA | Team: New York | College: Virginia Tech | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 1/0
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Giants make a few roster moves Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Giants announced a few roster moves Tuesday.

The most notable is that running back David Wilson cleared waivers and was placed on injured reserve. Wilson announced his retirement Monday due to diffuse cervical stenosis.

The Giants also signed defensive end Israel Idonije and tight end Jerome Cunningham, while waiving defensive end Kendrick Adams.


David Wilson retiring at age 23


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Giants' team physician, Dr. Russell Warren, advised running back David Wilson that he should no longer play football. Wilson had neck surgery in January and suffered a neck injury last week. He is retiring from the game.

"David has diffuse cervical stenosis," Russell said. "He had a disc removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week’s episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, [spine specialist] Frank [Cammisa Jr.] and I both told David he should not play football any more. 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."

Wilson said he doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for him. "I lived my dream," he said. "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."

The 2012 first-round pick averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored six touchdowns as a rookie, including returning a kickoff 97 yards for a score.


Report: Giants doctors 'shutting down' David Wilson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Giants team doctors are "shutting down" running back David Wilson following last week's neck burner, reports ESPN's Josina Anderson. Wilson underwent neck surgery in January.

Anderson added there's a belief "the injury could be career ending."

Giants reveal list of players that won't play in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) The Giants unveiled a list of players who did not make the trip and will not participate in the preseason opener against the Bills in Canton, per ESPN. The following players will sit out Sunday: defensive end Robert Ayers, linebacker Jon Beason, offensive tackle Will Beatty, wide receiver Odell Beckham, tight end Xavier Grimble, guard Eric Herman, wide receiver Trindon Holliday, corner back Bennett Jackson, cornerback Trumaine McBride, defensive tackle Mike Patterson, linebacker Spencer Paysinger and running back David Wilson.

Giants would be 'very surprised' if David Wilson plays again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Giants would be "very surprised" if running back David Wilson comes back from his latest neck injury and plays for them again, reports ESPN.com. A source told the website it would take "some unexpectedly good news from Wilson's surgeon on Monday to convince the Giants it's OK for their 2012 first-round pick to return to action."

Wilson, who had spinal fusion surgery in January, suffered a neck stinger Tuesday in a collision with guard Eric Herman. While most are predicting Wilson's career is over, he "has been very upbeat and has told people he'll be fine again after a couple of days off," the report said.


Doctors 'very hesitant' to clear David Wilson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Doctors evaluating Giants running back David Wilson after the neck stinger he suffered Tuesday are "very hesitant to clear him to return to football," reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, adding there's "far less optimism than last time."

Wilson gained clearance following his January neck surgery. But now it appears his career might be over at age 23.


Report: David Wilson's career in doubt


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/31/2014) David Wilson "needs a miracle" to continue his career with the Giants, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Thursday. Wilson suffered a neck "burner," (trauma to his neck that involves numbness and tingling) in practice this week and will be re-evaluated next week, but an anonymous source told the paper the bad prognosis. 

The running back posted on Instagram Thursday that "everything turned out to be fine." 

Wilson underwent spinal fusion surgery on his neck this offseason in an attempt to continue his career. 


David Wilson to be re-evaluated next week


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/30/2014) Giants running back David Wilson won't practice the rest of this week and will miss the team's preseason game Sunday vs. the Bills before getting checked out next Monday, the Bergen Record reported Wednesday. Dr. Cammisa, who performed the fusion surgery on Wilson in January, will check him out at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Newark Star-Ledger reported

Wilson suffered a neck "burner" in practice Tuesday, an injury that deals with trauma to the neck or shoulder area that involves temporarily pain, tingling or numbness. Wilson had offseason neck fusion surgery and was cleared for training camp. 


David Wilson taken to hospital for tests on his neck


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Giants running back David Wilson will undergo a battery of tests on his neck at the Hospital for Special Surgery after suffering what coach Tom Coughlin called a "burner," reports NFL Network. The Giants will be extra careful with Wilson, who had neck surgery in January.

David Wilson leaves practice with neck 'burner'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Giants running back David Wilson, who underwent major neck surgery in January, walked off the practice field Tuesday with a trainer, reports ESPN.com. Coach Tom Coughlin said Wilson suffered a neck "burner."

"We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he could just come back and go to work," Coughlin said. "He was cleared. So we'll see. I'm not going to speculate what it is. We'll have to see what the doctors say."

Per the Newark Star-Ledger, a burner is "a blanket term for any trauma to the neck or shoulder area that can cause momentarily tingling, pain or numbness."


David Wilson working on returns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Running back David Wilson is one of several Giants working on kick and punt returns early in training camp. It's another sign the team feels Wilson, who's coming back from neck surgery, is not a health risk.

David Wilson takes a hit, feels good


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) Giants running back David Wilson "definitely" feels ready for football after taking a hit from linebacker Cooper Taylor in training camp practice on Friday. Wilson has come all the way back from a neck injury that halted his 2013 season. 

"That felt good," Wilson said to the New York Daily News. "I definitely know I'm cleared now."


Rashad Jennings atop Giants' depth chart


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) As expected, the Giants listed Rashad Jennings as their starting running back. The unofficial depth chart, which could change quickly, has David Wilson as the No. 2 back followed by Peyton Hillis and rookie Andre Williams.


No restrictions on David Wilson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Giants running back David Wilson said he won't wear anything special to protect his neck. Wilson received full clearance Monday following last year's fusion surgery.

"The doctor said that I was good to go. I’m back to normal. I can play regular football with no special equipment, no medication, or anything else," Wilson said. 

The third-year pro added he's not worried about his stamina or taking that first big hit.

"No real concerns," he said. "I’m just excited, most definitely. I’m ready to get back out there and compete. I love competition so I haven’t been sitting on the couch. As I came out here and got started with training camp, I knew that my appointment was [Monday] and training camp is [Tuesday], so I prepared myself. Like I said, you want to be prepared to go out there and have fun."

Wilson will compete for snaps with Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams.


David Wilson says he's been cleared, will practice


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Giants running back David Wilson posted on Twitter Monday morning that he's been cleared for training camp. Wilson had fusion surgery on his neck and spent the offseason rehabbing with regular medical check-ups. He's now set to compete for playing time in training camp. 

In two seasons and 21 games, Wilson has 115 carries for 504 yards (4.4 avg.) and five touchdowns with six grabs for 42 yards and another score. 


Giants owner expects David Wilson to start camp on time


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) Giants owner John Mara said Thursday that he believes running back David Wilson will be cleared for the start of training camp. Wilson suffered a neck injury last season, had fusion surgery and is waiting word from his doctors to resume his career. Every report since early June has suggested the same thing. 

"We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go," Mara told reporters, per Newsday


Rashad Jennings set to start for Giants?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/1/2014) When the Giants signed running back Rashad Jennings this summer, it was with the intention of making him their workhorse back, ESPN reports. His ability to run between the tackles as well as catch passes makes him the most versatile back on their roster. 

However, that was before they drafted Andre Williams and expected David Wilson to return. ESPN believes Wilson could push Jennings for carries and catches once he's cleared and has impressed the coaches enough with his abilities. If he's healthy he'll play a role.

Williams could also develop as a rushing downs type of back though he'll have to make strides in training camp first.


David Wilson has appointment with doctor


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/26/2014) Giants running back David Wilson is hoping a July 21 exam of his surgically repaired neck will clear him for contact in time for training camp, reports ESPN.

Wilson had a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year and underwent surgery this offseason. If healthy, he would compete with Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams for playing time.


Giants optimistic about David Wilson's return to 'full contact'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he fully expects running back David Wilson to be ready for contact during training camp. Wilson missed 11 games last season due to a severe neck injury.

"We brought in Rashad Jennings and he’s definitely a bell cow type of a running back – he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it," Reese told WFAN. "David Wilson is an explosive player, but first and foremost we’re concerned about his health. We do think all systems are go pretty much for him to be healthy and ready for contact during training camp.

"We held him out for spring, no contact at all, but unless he has a setback we expect to release him for full contact during the fall. Any time he touches the ball he can go the distance. In this West Coast Offense, we’ll try to get them ball to him in different ways and obviously he’ll help in the return game."


Doctor thinks David Wilson will be cleared for camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Giants team physician Dr. Russell Warren anticipates that running back David Wilson will be cleared for football when he's re-evaluated before the start of training camp. Wilson is making his way back from neck fusion surgery. 

"There has been significant progress and healing since David had the fusion," Warren said in a statement. "But the reality is it has only been four and one-half months since the surgery. We anticipate that when David is re-evaluated at the start of training camp he will be cleared at that point."

The Giants report to training camp on July 21. Wilson should end up competing for playing time this summer with Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams. 


David Wilson does not gain medical clearance


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Giants running back David Wilson (neck) saw a doctor Wednesday, but he did not gain medical clearance, reports FOX Sports.

Wilson tweeted Wednesday that while the news wasn't what he wanted he's still optimistic he'll be ready for Week 1. He will have another checkup before the start of training camp. Wilson had neck surgery in January but has been running well in non-contact drills at practice in recent weeks.

If healthy, Wilson will compete for playing time with Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams.


David Wilson stands out in drills


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Giants running back David Wilson still has yet to get clearance to practice and take contact, but he was running well in drills according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Wilson is working his way back from neck surgery that ended his 2013 season early. Per the paper, Wilson's speed and cutting "really stood out."

David Wilson looks good at OTAs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Giants running back David Wilson took handoffs and looked good at OTAs, as shown in this video posted by the team. Wilson is returning from neck surgery and still needs to be cleared for contact ahead of training camp.

David Wilson's status still unknown


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) Giants running back David Wilson is trying to return from neck surgery, but it's no guarantee he will ever play again, reports ESPN.

According to the report, it says "no one knows if Wilson will ever play again following neck surgery. Indications are that he will, but no one knows for sure yet." 

The Giants have done well to cover themselves in case Wilson is out by signing Rashad Jennings as a free agent, bringing back Peyton Hillis and drafting Andre Williams. If Wilson does return he would be part of the running back rotation, but he might have the most upside of that group.


David Wilson on track for contact in training camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Giants running back David Wilson, who's coming back from neck surgery, is already on the field taking reps and should be cleared for contact by the start of training camp, general manager Jerry Reese told the New York Daily News.