Aug 152014
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (August 7, 2013)

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When David Wilson retired from the New York Giants due to complications with spinal stenosis that ended his NFL career after only three seasons, he mentioned his retirement was simply the end one chapter and beginning of another.

“I realize how much people have helped me along the way,” Wilson said. “When you push the pause button, you get to look at that. But I plan on pushing ‘play’ real soon. Moving on in future endeavors, I’m excited.”

It appears as if Wilson’s life has resumed play.

One week after appearing on ESPN’s NFL Live, Wilson will co-host NBC’s Pro Football Talk with Mike Florio and Dave Briggs. The trio will break down a few select NFL preseason match ups coming this weekend.

The Giants drafted Wilson in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and the Virginia Tech alum made a near immediate impact on special teams. The 23-year-old gained 1,533 kick return yards and scored a touchdown. He set an NFL record his rookie year versus the New Orleans Saints. In a 52-27 Giants victory, Wilson returned four kickoffs for 227 yards (including a 97-yard touchdown) and also ran for 100 yards and two additional touchdowns. He became the first player in NFL history with 200 kick return yards and 100 rushing yards.

Entering year two, Wilson was expected to lead the Giants rushing attack, but struggled early on holding on to the football. Versus the Philadelphia Eagles, Wilson’s season ended when he suffered a ‘neck burner.’ When doctors sent Wilson for further tests, it revealed his spinal stenosis.

Wilson had vertebrae fusion surgery and endured a long rehabilitation process this offseason. Just eight days after receiving medical clearance, Wilson re-injured his neck and was advised by doctors to not continue playing football.

Wilson finished his NFL career with 504 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. He returned 66 total kickoffs for 1,755 yards and one touchdown.

Aug 062014
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (August 7, 2013)

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He could have let loose, yelled, screamed and reacted the way so many other 23-year olds would have if put in the same situation.

He could have asked ‘Why?’ Enthusiastically looked for other options and pleaded with all to be given one more chance.

He could have done back flips, run the 40-yard dash and showed all the skills that made him a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

He could have done all that and more. But David Wilson didn’t.

Instead, he climbed atop a podium overlooking the Giants’ practice fields. The same practice fields he’d collapsed to the ground on eight days before. He looked at the media, who anxiously looked backed. Then, he put everything into a perspective that was wise beyond his years.

“Even if one dream seems to fade away,” Wilson said with his signature smile spread across his face, “set another goal and set another dream and try to reach that.”

There was no remorse, no sadness and no anger in the voice of one who had every right to feel so. Even when his eyes filled with the tears that quickly rushed down his face, Wilson still managed to flash a smile and assure everyone his tears were that “of joy.”

It didn’t matter that spinal stenosis cut Wilson’s career short after just three years. The way Wilson saw it, he still got three years. He wanted to play in the NFL. He wanted to score touchdowns.

David Wilson, New York Giants (November 4, 2012)

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“And I did that,” Wilson said.

He reminisced of his goals throughout his career, starting from pee wee and moving onto the NFL. When he was young, he wanted to be the fastest kid on his team. Then, he wanted to score a touchdown and be a starter. When he reached high school, he wanted to break and set records.

He wanted to live life the right way, making both of his parents proud. With each check mark he placed next to each of his goals, more and more people began to line up behind the speedy, bubbly, personable Wilson.

He became the fastest player on his team. He became a starter. He set records and lived life the right way. He was drafted into the NFL where that same bubbly and laughable personality managed to sneak up on any that crossed his path. Rarely could a teammate encounter him and not leave with a matching grin.

Wilson hasn’t stopped smiling. His personality hasn’t been stripped of him. The only thing gone is his title as a football player. But there was much more to him than that.

He was described by teammate Victor Cruz as the “heart and soul” of the team, someone who had an impact on the Giants. But that impact was felt just as much on the field, as off.

At least half of it still will.

David Wilson, New York Giants (October 7, 2012)

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Wilson said he still isn’t sure exactly where this next phase of his life will take him. He’s thought about broadcasting and coaching. Then again, his life could take him in a completely other direction.

There’s no certainty. No guarantee. The only thing Wilson knows is that it only goes one direction from here.

“When life knocks you down, I always say plan to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up,” Wilson said. “But if you’re flat on your face, that can kill your spirit. Always think of it in that aspect – if you can look up, you can get up.

“So far, I can look up and I plan on getting up and living my dream and setting another one for me to live out.”

Aug 052014
 
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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today:

August 5, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Tuesday were WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), Daniel Fells (knee), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot), and CB Bennett Jackson (ankle).

RB Peyton Hillis left practice early with an ankle injury.

LT Will Beatty (headache), Eric Herman (hip), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), Spencer Paysinger (concussion), and Trumaine McBride (hip) all practiced.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin clarified that some players coming off of offseason surgery were never going to play in last weekend’s Hall of Fame preseason game.

“It was a plan that Beatty wouldn’t play in the opening game, just like it was a plan that McBride and a couple of others, Herman, wouldn’t play in this game,” said Coughlin. “(Beatty) didn’t do anything to set himself back.”

Craig Johnson, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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August 5, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s press conferences with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

August 5, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Tuesday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

7 takeaways from Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

New York Giants Practice Reports:

Article on New York Giants Running Backs:

Article on WR Corey Washington: Giants WR Washington playing for family by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Article on the New York Giants Use of Tablets: Tablets on NFL sidelines get positive reviews from Giants by Tom Rock of Newsday

Aug 052014
 
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Israel Idonije, Chicago Bears (September 13, 2012)

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The New York Giants announced on Tuesday that they have signed defensive end Israel Idonije and tight end Jerome Cunningham. To make room for Idonije and Cunningham, the Giants waived defensive end Kendrick Adams. The team also waived/injured running back David Wilson on Monday and placed him on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he cleared waivers.

Idonije was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2003 NFL Draft. He did not make the team that season but spent time on the Practice Squad of the Chicago Bears. For nine seasons, from 2004-12, Idonije was on the 53-man roster of the Bears. He started 42 games from 2010-12. In 2013, Idonije played in 11 games with the Detroit Lions as a reserve. The Bears re-signed him in March 2014 but then released him in June. The 33-year old Idonije is nearing the end of his career, but he was a fairly productive player for the Bears, including accruing 20.5 sacks in his last three seasons in Chicago. He has good size and strength. Idonije lacks suddenness and quickness as a pass rusher. He has good intangibles as he is a hard-working, high-effort player with good character.

Cunningham played college football at Southern Connecticut State University from 2009-2012, but he has not been with an NFL team in training camp. He did try out with the Arizona Cardinals in May, but was not signed. Cunningham lacks ideal size for the position; he’s built more like an H-Back.

Adams was signed to the Giants’ Practice Squad in December 2013. Adams was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2012 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Buccaneers, Lions, Browns, and Bengals.

Wilson, New York’s 1st round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, has been advised to retire from the NFL after re-injuring of his surgically repaired neck in training camp.

Because of these moves, we have updated the TransactionsRoster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Aug 042014
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (July 27, 2013)

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The final chapter of David Wilson’s NFL career has been written far sooner than any expected.

Following the re-injuring of his surgically repaired neck on July 29, eight days after receiving medical clearance from spinal vertebrae fusion surgery, the team’s first-round pick in 2012 has been advised to retire by Giants’ team doctor Russell Warren and Hospital for Special Surgery spine specialist Dr. Frank Cammisa.

“Dr. Frank Cammisa Jr., our spine specialist at HSS examined David this morning and following that exam, we both sat down and shared our perspective with David,” Warren said in a statement released by the team. “David has diffuse cervical stenosis. He had a disc removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week’s episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, Frank 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. ”

In a half-pads practice last Tuesday, Wilson caught a shovel pass from quarterback Curtis Painter. The back turned upfield but ran head-first into the back of Giants’ offensive lineman Eric Herman. Wilson fell to the ground, team doctors rushed over to his side and Wilson was escorted off the field. He was taken to the HSS for extensive testing and ruled out until Monday when Cammisa could review the results.

David Wilson (22), Eli Manning (10), New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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The Giants will place Wilson on Injured Reserve, allowing the running back to collect the $997,682 he’s owed in salary unless there is an injury settlement. But it sounds as if Wilson will adhere the doctors’ advice and walk away from the game.

“I’m thankful that I can literally walk away from the game and that I am healthy and capable of doing the same things I have done all my life, except play football,” said Wilson. “I always try to find the positive in everything. This morning when I saw Dr. Cammisa and Dr. Warren, I didn’t hear what I wanted to hear, but I expected that what they told me could be a possibility. I had played out both scenarios in my mind. I prayed this morning before I went to see them that they would tell me what God would tell me. He put His answer in them to relay to me.”

Wilson, 23, originally injured his neck on Oct. 6, 2013 versus the Philadelphia Eagles. After attempts to let the injury heal by itself were unsuccessful, Wilson had “vertebrae fusion” surgery in January. The Giants put Wilson through an extensive rehabilitation process before the back finally gained medical clearance on July 21, the day the Giants reported for training camp.

Wilson made it through seven practices, four with contact, before injuring his neck.

In his 21 games played, Wilson rushed the ball 115 times for 504 yards and five touchdowns. During his rookie year, Wilson established himself as one of the league’s best kick returners. On 57 attempts, Wilson gained 1,533 yards including a 97-yard touchdown.

“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” said Wilson. “I lived my dream. 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.”

Aug 012014
 
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Robert Ayers, New York Giants (June 12, 2014)

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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today:

August 1, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were RB David Wilson (neck), WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), LT Will Beatty (headache), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot), LB Spencer Paysinger (concussion), and CB Bennett Jackson (ankle).

Regarding Jackson, Head Coach Tom Coughlin said, “There’s no fracture, but it’s a significant ankle sprain.”

August 1, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Friday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

August 1, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Running Backs: Injury to Wilson Puts the Giants’ Backfield in Motion by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Randle: ‘I’m ready for more opportunities’ by Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on TE Larry Donnell: Giants ‘loving’ what they see from TE Larry Donnell by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Giants offensive line irons out West Coast wrinkles by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Giants can’t let indispensable Rolle follow Tuck out the door by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on Former Giants DE Michael Strahan:

Jul 312014
 
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Jay Bromely, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today and yesterday:

July 31, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: On Wednesday, the Giants publicly released an update on RB David Wilson, who suffered a neck burner at practice on Tuesday. Wilson underwent a battery of medical tests Tuesday night at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). The Giants say he will not practice the remainder of the week, nor will he play in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Wilson will be examined and evaluated by Dr. Frank Cammisa at HSS on Monday. Cammisa, chief of spine services at HSS, is the specialist who performed the vertebrae fusion surgery on Wilson on January 16, 2014.

However, while Wilson himself tweeted on Wednesday that “everything is fine,” NJ.com and The Star-Ledger are reporting that sources say Wilson’s football career is likely over. ESPN is reporting the same.

“Until we here what the doctors say, I am just praying that the kid is okay,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin after practice on Thursday. “When he was cleared to play he came out and exhibited no fear, no nothing. I was really excited about that coming out. We are obviously concerned, but we will have to wait and see what the doctors say.”

Wilson originally injured the neck in October 2013 in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was cleared to resume football contact on July 21.

In addition to Wilson, not practicing on Thursday were WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), OG John Jerry (knee), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot), LB Spencer Paysinger (concussion), LB Spencer Adkins (groin), and CB Travis Howard (knee).

LT Will Beatty (illness), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), CB Bennett Jackson (ankle), and WR Corey Washington (heel) all left practice early. Bennett will undergo x-rays on his ankle.

July 31, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Thursday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

July 31, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following team officials and players are available at ESPN.com:

  • President/CEO John Mara (Audio)
  • General Manager Jerry Reese (Audio)
  • Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Audio)
  • QB Eli Manning (Audio)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Audio)
  • LB Jon Beason (Audio)
  • CB Prince Amukamara (Audio)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Audio)

NJ.com Q&A with OG/OC Weston Richburg: Weston Richburg rookie check-in: Playing more guard or center for Giants? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on New York Giants Training Camp: Giants training camp Week 2: Stock Up/Stock Down by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Talent:

Article on Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: 10 observations about Ben McAdoo’s offense by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: Four practices with Ryan Nassib: A breakdown of the Giants backup by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on New York Giants Running Backs:

Articles on New York Giants Tight Ends:

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Line:

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Articles on Former Giant DE Michael Strahan:

Full pads for #Giants practice today

Jul 302014
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (December 30, 2012)

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David Wilson, the Giants’ talented and speedy running back, will sit out the remaining two training camp practices this week and Hall of Fame preseason game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills before having further tests done to his neck on Monday. He underwent a ‘full battery of tests’ last night, per team officials.

In yesterday’s practice, Wilson caught a shovel pass from quarterback Curtis Painter. The back then cut up the field, lowered his head and ran into the back of guard/center Eric Herman. When the scrum separated, Wilson was lying on the ground and trainers were rushing his way.

On January 16, Wilson had ‘spinal vertebrae fusion’ surgery on his neck following a neck stinger suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 6. After a slow and grueling rehabilitation process, Wilson received medical clearance the day the Giants’ reported for training camp on July 21.

Yesterday’s practice was just the seventh Wilson had participated in and fourth involving contact. The doctor that will examine Wilson on Monday, Dr. Frank Cammisa, is the same that performed Wilson’s spinal fusion surgery back in January.

“We’ll hear what (the doctors) have to say first,” Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin said after yesterday’s practice. “We were all praying that (his neck) would not be an issue and he’d be able to come back and go to work and do what…he was cleared.”

Jul 292014
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (July 27, 2013)

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Updated July 29, 6:27pm 

David Wilson, New York’s first-round pick in 2012 who recently returned to practice after undergoing neck surgery in January, left Tuesday’s training camp practice with a neck burner.

Wilson was injured when he caught a shovel pass from quarterback Curtis Painter, turned upfield and ran – with his head down – into guard Eric Herman. When players separated, Mark Herzlich had recovered a fumble and athletic trainers were running to Wilson’s side.

Wilson has been taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery to undergo a number of tests.

“We’ll hear what (the doctors) have to say first,” Coughlin said. “We were all praying that (his neck) would not be an issue and he’d be able to come back and go to work and do what…he was cleared.

“We’ll see. We’ll see. I’m not going to speculate on what it is. We’ll see what the doctors say.”

According to WebMD, a burner, or stinger, is a nerve injury resulting from trauma to the neck or shoulder area. The severity of said injury cannot not be known until further examination from a doctor.

Last year, Giants’ linebacker Dan Connor suffered a ‘stinger’ versus the Cowboys, but returned the same season to play for the Carolina Panthers. Wilson suffered a ‘stinger’ several weeks later versus the Eagles, missed the entire season and needed offseason surgery to fuse his vertebrae.

Wilson worked religiously to return from the injury that had quickly put his career in doubt. He missed the team’s entire offseason conditioning program before gaining medical clearance on July 21, the day the New York reported for training camp.

“I’m definitely excited,” Wilson said the day he got medical clearance. “I got cleared this morning around 9:00. That was the best news I’d gotten in awhile… The doctor told me I’m good to go. He said to have a good season and stay healthy.”

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Stevie Brown and Jon Beason, New York Giants (June 12, 2014)

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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today:

LB Jon Beason Placed on PUP List: As expected, New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason was officially placed on the preseason Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List. Beason suffered a ligament tear and small fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot during an OTA practice on June 12. The injury did not require surgery.

The good news is that RB David Wilson (neck), WR Mario Manningham (knee), LT Will Beatty (knee), and OG John Jerry (knee) were not placed on the PUP. Wilson, as BBI reported earlier, has been cleared by doctors to resume football contact. Wilson underwent surgery on January 16 to fuse vertebrae to repair a herniated disc in his neck. He participated in non-contact drills this spring, but was not allowed to practice when contact was possible.

“I’m back to normal,” Wilson said. “I can play regular football with no special equipment, no medication, or anything else.”

Coughlin indicated that Manningham, Beatty, and Jerry will be limited in training camp practices.

Giants Sign OG John Sullen: The New York Giants have signed street free agent offensive guard John Sullen. BBI scouting report on John Sullen:

  • Sullen was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2013 NFL Draft. He was waived by the Bengals in August and did not play last season. Sullen has very good size and strength, but lacks ideal overall athleticism.

WR Kris Adams Waived: The Giants waived WR Kris Adams after he failed his physical. Adams was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2013 with a broken left ankle he suffered in a preseason game.

July 21, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Video clips of Monday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Training Camp Preview Articles:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The familiar, and biggest, reason to be optimistic about the Giants by Mike Vaccaro of The New York Post

Article on QB Eli Manning: ‘Nervous’ Eli Manning: ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do’ by Brian Lewis of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Tight Ends: Are the Giants entering training camp with no ‘end’ in sight? by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on DT Johnathan Hankins: Giants’ Johnathan Hankins turns to boxing for help on line by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on OG Chris Snee: Chris Snee retires: Does he go down as best offensive lineman in Giants history? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger