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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.”