David Wilson had no doubts he’d return from neck surgery

AP

Players come back from injuries all the time in the NFL.

But even though there’s a significant difference between his career-threatening neck injury and your basic torn ACL, Giants running back David Wilson is taking a low-key approach to his comeback.

I always felt fine and capable of doing my job,” Wilson said, via Ralp Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “You want to come out here and be safe as well. You have a long life after football, and football is something I love, so as long as I can play it, I want to play it.”

That kind of determination impressed the Giants, who often had to remind him to slow himself down after a potentially life-altering procedure.

“Quite frankly, he’s an amazing kid,” Giants coach Coughlin said. “I know we’re talking about a very, very serious injury, but about two weeks after he’s had the surgery he’s in the weight room and I have to slow him down. He’s over there doing stuff with his legs. [I say] ‘David, do you have any idea what just took place here?’

“Hopefully — hopefully — it will go [well] as we bring him along. He wants to do everything now. He’s out there running back and forth like it’s nobody’s business.”

Wilson might have never wavered, but the Giants covered themselves this offseason by signing running back Rashad Jennings. But the explosiveness he showed in the past gives him the potential to be special, such that his comeback doesn’t already.