New York Giants running back David Wilson was advised today by Dr. Russel Warren and Dr. Frank Camissa to no longer play football due to his neck problems.
Wilson had neck fusion surgery previously, but experienced a severe burner last week. He'll be placed on injured reserve.
“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. “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."
Wilson, a first-round pick in 2012, suffered from numbness in his hands and lower extremities last week. No additional surgery is planned.
“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” Wilson said. "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. 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.
“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.”
Added Giants coach Tom Coughlin: “The whole idea for David is that he fulfilled his dream. Even though his career was cut short, he remains positive and believes God has a plan. He has accepted this in such a way that is a great example for all of us. There is no self-pity. David is a strong person and extremely optimistic. He will meet his next challenge in life with the same enthusiasm he approached football.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun