Aug 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back David Wilson (22) runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Coughlin doesn’t think David Wilson will need surgery on neck


The New York Giants lost running back David Wilson to a neck injury in an early October game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Wilson was diagnosed with a herniated disc and spinal stenosis and expected to miss only 3-4 weeks. After being reevaluated on Monday, team doctors declined to clear him to play and he was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

There has been some speculation that this injury could be career threatening and Wilson could require surgery.

“I doubt that,” Coughlin said when asked if Wilson will need surgery on his neck, via the New York Daily News.

“I don’t know what to think (long-term) because it’s obvious that medically there’s no green light,” Coughlin said. “So we’re still in a holding pattern, believing that he’s going to get better.”

When Wilson was put on IR, it made room for running back Andre Brown. The two had hoped to play together and recreate the success Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward had in 2008.

“I didn’t want that,” Brown said. “We had goals. For me to start off on IR, getting hurt, then I come back and he’s injured? That sucks. We had high goals. We worked hard. It sucks. It really does.”

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