Neck injury could end up ending Mathias Kiwanuka's career

Mathias Kiwanuka’s career could be in jeopardy because of the neck injury that ended his 2010 season.

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said “it’s a possibility” that Kiwanuka will not play again because of the herniated disc in his neck.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Kiwanuka is still gathering information to decide if he should resume his career.

“He’s got to make a decision: Do I want to play?” Reese told Vacchiano. “He’s got to make that decision himself. There’s some risk probably involved. There’s risk, period, but when you have a neck injury you have to be careful.”

Kiwaunuka did not have surgery and Giants coach Tom Coughlin was upbeat about the prospects for the 27-year-old. For Reese, the matter is far from settled.

“I don’t think he’s quite out of the woods yet with the doctor’s investigation on the neck, but he has been getting good reports,” Reese said. “That’s good for us. I just think they want confirmation. He’s been all over the place trying to get the right information so he can make the best decision if he’s going to play again next fall.”

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