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Report: David Wilson “needs a miracle” to come back

David Wilson

David Wilson has been upbeat throughout his comeback from spinal fusion surgery, even after his “burner” earlier this week.

The Giants apparently do not share that optimism.

According to Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr of NJ.com, the Giants consider him a long shot to return to the field and one source familiar with his condition said he “needs a miracle” to come back.

Wilson tweeted Wednesday night that “everything was fine,” which may be true in the global, not football-centric case.

He’ll see a spinal specialist Monday, but the Giants seem to be bracing themselves for the possibility that Wilson might not return at all.

You could argue they did already, signing workhorse back Rashad Jennings this offseason.

But at this point, the concern should be with Wilson’s well-being, and any football considerations should come well after that.

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29 Responses to “Report: David Wilson “needs a miracle” to come back”
  1. agpowell2 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:06 AM

    Very unfortunate.

    The shelf life of an NFL runningback is shorter than ever.

  2. domezo says: Jul 31, 2014 11:08 AM

    Great talent just can’t shake off the injury bug. What a damn shame.

  3. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Jul 31, 2014 11:14 AM

    Such a shame. Best wishes for the guy. Maybe he can get a coaching gig somewhere and remain a part of the game.

  4. pacificdan says: Jul 31, 2014 11:21 AM

    I am not a NYG fan but you hate to hear that.

    I hope the kid can make it back to the field without endangering his long term health.

  5. pete2112 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:31 AM

    This is a really a sad story. This guy just can’t catch a break after working so hard to get back. Hopefully he can live a normal life outside of football.

  6. nflsucker says: Jul 31, 2014 11:35 AM

    Sounds like this guy really needs to consider what his life would be like if he were paralyzed, or you know, worse. Lots of people don’t make millions playing a game, and have fulfilling lives.

  7. dgimbz says: Jul 31, 2014 11:38 AM

    Giants got a good back in the draft, kudos on Reese for having an insurance policy. If Wilson was smart he would take his draft money and lead a healthy life.

  8. tatatoothy says: Jul 31, 2014 11:40 AM

    Thought this guy had the potential to be a real star in this game. But it’s really time he think about what is best for the rest of his life, not just the next few years. Wish him all the best. Hope he does what’s right.

  9. rolltide510 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:42 AM

    I hope the Giants can convince him that “spinal fusion surgery” isn’t something you attempt to “come back” from, you just enjoy walking upright from that point on.

  10. justintuckrule says: Jul 31, 2014 11:44 AM

    We’re the miracle team so I won’t be surprised at all if doc clears him and he’s ready to go week 1. It’s called optimism. Winning SBs when nobody expects you to gives that to us G-Men fans.

  11. billco6192013 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:58 AM

    You have to shut this kid down.Now we are talking about his health for the rest of his life.You dont play around with neck injuries.He didnt even take a helmet to helmet hit and had a burner.what will a 330 pound guy hitting him do to his neck.I dont want to see this kid sipping through a straw the rest of his life.Take care of this kid and put him on the shelf for at least another year,he just had a neck operation.

  12. billco6192013 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:04 PM

    hillis backing up on short yardage .what a tank.

  13. stash918 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:14 PM

    David Wilson had the talent to be the fastest and most explosive RB in Giants history. The others that come to mind are Tiki Barber and Rodney Hampton in his first few years. Joe Morris was more quick than fast, and OJ Anderson was more of a grinder/pounder. If you’ve ever watched David Wilson explode out of the gates on kickoff returns, especially against the Saints when he dominated them, you’ll see exactly why. Best to you David, we’re pulling for you to either heal fully or retire and live a nice life.

  14. realfootballfan says: Jul 31, 2014 12:35 PM

    Somebody close to this guy pull him aside and advise him to walk away. Not worth it to even try coming back when the neck is involved.

  15. johnnyjagfan says: Jul 31, 2014 12:38 PM

    I hope he can play.

    Rashad Jennings is a weak workhorse.

  16. justsomerandomguy24 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:44 PM

    Well, given that this injury happened in camp, I’ll bet most of his 1 mil. base salary is guaranteed. It might be time to take that money and use it as a great headstart for a successful post-NFL life.

    Get well soon, David!

  17. clashpoint says: Jul 31, 2014 12:50 PM

    Just another example of why sometimes players hold out for more money. It’s a brutal game and their time within it can end at any time.

  18. bergencountyjc says: Jul 31, 2014 12:52 PM

    I wonder who would be taking more of a chance with their lives if Wilson was to return after spinal fusion, him or Peyton Manning. It is possible to return but a toss of a dice if you survive it.

  19. pologroundsvet says: Jul 31, 2014 1:14 PM

    I wish the young man well and hope that he makes the right decision for his long term well-being, whether that involves football or not. But from the Giants perspective – two first rounders at high injury positions and so far minimal or no return when there were linemen on the board we needed.

  20. micknangold says: Jul 31, 2014 1:16 PM

    Rashad Jennings is a “workhorse back”…Serious question: Do you watch football?

  21. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 31, 2014 1:30 PM

    justintuckrule says: Jul 31, 2014 11:44 AM

    We’re the miracle team so I won’t be surprised at all if doc clears him and he’s ready to go week 1. It’s called optimism. Winning SBs when nobody expects you to gives that to us G-Men fans.
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    It’s called stupidity. This is real life not some inspirational sports movie. Just because you won two Super Bowls by the flukiest catches ever doesn’t mean that miracles are going to be pulled out of thin air.

  22. deadeye says: Jul 31, 2014 1:33 PM

    Take whatever you’ve earned and go home David Wilson. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you, don’t risk ruining it just to play football.

  23. ttommytom says: Jul 31, 2014 1:39 PM

    He had One absolutely lights out, awesome game. I feel honored to have seen a world class athlete at least once.

    He WAS great but never got the chance to prove it over and over.

    Such is life, sometimes…

  24. charmcitychampions says: Jul 31, 2014 2:17 PM

    Great kid, amazing to watch in college. Too bad Coughlin never let him show what he can do…2 fumbles in a game is a death sentence, but throwing multiple int’s each week is a-ok.

    Either way. Hope he stays healthy and does well for himself. Even if he did become a d-bag Giant for a couple years.

  25. dmwilliams0124 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:09 PM

    My wife recently had spinal fusion surgery. And I really dont see how anyone could play football afterwords. That being said, I know Peyton Manning had the same surgery in his neck, but Manning gets hit what….Like 50 times a year. Wilson would be carrying the ball, going out on pass routes as well as block in pass protection. So he could be hit 50 times a game. I dont see a RB having a surgery like that and continue to take hits on a regular basis

  26. bux1022 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:15 PM

    A stinger is a stinger. Some numbness and felling is back in a couloir of days. Let’s not jump the gun here! And Wilson isn’t the only athlete to comeback from spinal fusion surgery! Of he wants to play I want him to play for us period. If he’s cleared then he can play!

  27. cranespy says: Jul 31, 2014 8:23 PM

    Not a Giant nor a Hokie fan but this young man is legit. Here’s hoping he can not only resume a normal life but can also return to the game. EER FAN

  28. bigbluelou says: Aug 1, 2014 11:51 AM

    pftisfulloftrolls says:
    Jul 31, 2014 1:30 PM
    justintuckrule says: Jul 31, 2014 11:44 AM

    We’re the miracle team so I won’t be surprised at all if doc clears him and he’s ready to go week 1. It’s called optimism. Winning SBs when nobody expects you to gives that to us G-Men fans.
    —————————————————————-
    It’s called stupidity. This is real life not some inspirational sports movie. Just because you won two Super Bowls by the flukiest catches ever doesn’t mean that miracles are going to be pulled out of thin air.
    ————————————————————
    I’ll give you ’07 as a flukiest catch by Tyree, but the ’11 catch was due to an exceptionally well thrown ball to the perfect spot for Manningham. There was nothing flukey about that one.

  29. chinahand11 says: Aug 2, 2014 4:44 PM

    Man, I wish this kid the best. I hope he is getting legit medical advice.

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