New York Giants running back David Wilson fought hard to return after a career-threatening spine injury ended his 2013 campaign and left 2014 in doubt. Unfortunately, the 2012 first-round pick suffered a concerning setback Tuesday when he exited practice with what was described as a “burner” and sent the Hospital for Special Surgery for a “battery of tests,” according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
A burner is a popularly used term for an intense pain near the base of the neck and can affect feeling in the arms and hands.
A burner signifies peripheral nerve dysfunction or injury. In most cases, it is a brachial plexopathy involving the upper trunk. However, cervical nerve root lesions have also been described. A burner is generally a brief, self-limited injury, but recovery can take weeks to months in severe cases. The injury often becomes a recurrent problem and occasionally leads to a chronic syndrome.
For Wilson, the injury may not be as mild due to his pre-existing issues with his spinal cord. The Giants are handling the issue with great caution and there has been no update given on the running back’s status going forward.