With the addition of Rashad Jennings through free agency and Heisman finalist Andre Williams through the draft, there’s been plenty of discussion about the return of a “three-headed monster in New York. But that would require the third piece, 2012 first-round pick David Wilson, to be part of the puzzle and right now, there’s no guarantee he’ll be healthy enough to play this season—or ever again.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano noted as much in a recent column, despite the optimism of Wilson, head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese. It’s not easy to return from neck fusion surgery, especially when you play a physically demanding position like running back. No one can be sure what kind of damage a tackle will incur on someone who has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis.
Tight end Jermichael Finley is currently dealing with the same issue and is still waiting for medical clearance. Finley remains a free agent as a result—at least for the moment—and may have already played his final game of professional football.
Could this be possible for Wilson as well? Absolutely. At the very least, his Giants career could be in danger.
Wilson has two years remaining on his rookie deal with cap hits of over $1.8 million for this season and over $2.1 million in 2015. Cutting him may not be an option just yet, but unless something changes, he could find himself starting the season on the PUP list with injured reserve in sights if nothing improves by Week 9.
That should open up opportunities for veteran Peyton Hillis and second-year back Michael Cox to earn some reps in the backfield alongside Jennings and Williams. Ideally, however, Wilson will be cleared for contact in the very near future and as healthy as he says with another chance to be the lethal, dynamic playmaker the Giants drafted him to be.
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