Throughout this offseason, New York Giants’ running back David Wilson talked over and over about his injured neck. He reiterated there was no pain, no limitation. All he needed was a photo to assure doctors he was good to go.
It got to the point where he refused to address it anymore, telling reporters at the team’s mandatory mini-camp he wouldn’t answer any questions about his neck. This afternoon, he’ll be fielding another Q and A. But unlike before, he won’t have an issue with the subject of his neck.
Wilson announced via twitter that he has received medical clearance to resume all football related activities.
— David E. Wilson (@4stillRunning) July 21, 2014
The news of Wilson’s clearance completes arguably the most trying time of the former first-round pick’s young career. Last year, Wilson suffered a herniated disc versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 6. After attempts to wait it out and let it heal on its own failed, Wilson had neck surgery to fuse the vertebrae together on Jan. 16.
The surgery put Wilson’s football career in question.
“It was hard to worry because I felt nothing,” Wilson said earlier this offseason. “I thought it would be something that would just pass over but then they said I had to have the surgery, it was best to have the surgery. I understood that and I did my research and weighed the pros and cons and felt that it was the best decision.”
After having surgery, Wilson felt himself getting better and better as the days went on. When the Giants reported to East Rutherford for the team’s offseason conditioning program, Wilson took part in the non-contact drills.
There was never a moment a smile wasn’t on Wilson’s face.
“Just staying positive and going out there and still participating,” Wilson said. “I’m trying to focus more on building chemistry with my team and learning this playbook so we can have a better season than we did last year.”
New York’s first training camp practice will be held Tuesday, July 22 and it’s unclear how much Wilson will participate. Just as cloudy is his role. This offseason, the Giants signed Rashad Jennings and drafted Andre Williams.
While Wilson may not be the team’s featured back, the potential of a thunder-lightning combination with Jennings should put a smile on offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s face.
“That’s something we’re going to strive to become,” Jennings said following an OTA practice. “He brings an element to the game that’s unique and special. I think every other running back brings something unique and special to this offense. We’ll see how time plays itself out, but I definitely want every running back to contribute as much as they possible can.”