David Wilson may have spinal stenosis

The Giants' 0-6 start gets worse: David Wilson may have spinal stenosis

10/11/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

With Thursday night's loss to the Chicago Bears, a run at the playoffs appears all but impossible for the New York Giants. Eli Manning and company had high hopes for this season, but the team has been absolutely horrible, turning over the ball at an astronomical rate while giving up the most points of any NFL team.

But hey, at least they have some nice pieces to build on for the future, right? With players like Will Beatty, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, and Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants should not be in for an elongated playoff drought, a la the Oakland Raiders. However, the promising young player who the team was perhaps the most excited about, running back David Wilson, all of a sudden has a cloudy future.

Sep 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants running back David Wilson (22) runs in the fourth quarter. The Carolina Panthers defeated the New York Giants 38-0 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsWilson told the media on Friday that doctors fear that he may suffer from spinal stenosis, which is "a narrowing of the open spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine," according to Mayo Clinic. Wilson has made it very clear that he has been experiencing "tingling" in his neck, which could very well be a result of pressure on the nerves in the spine.

Wilson also told the media that he fears his injury will be season-ending, which is a distinct possibility. What WIlson should be more concerned about, however, is his long-term health. Spinal stenosis does not simply go away. If the initial diagnosis is correct, this is something that Wilson will have to deal with throughout his career. He can still play, but will be more prone to stingers, and could also develop a more serious condition called cervical cord neurapraxia.

Spinal stenosis has shortened players' careers in the past, though it is also worth noting the situation of Jarvis Jones, who was diagnosed with spinal stenosis at USC and told he could no longer play football, but ended up transferring to Georgia where he became one of the best players in the country and was drafted 17th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The condition has not affected Jones since 2009.

If the diagnosis is true, Wilson could end up with a short, injury-plagued career, but could also end up showing no affects from the injury once he gets healthy - it could go either way. Regardless, don't expect to see him back on the field in the near future. If he does return this season, it probably won't be for a few weeks at the very least.

This is a terribly unfortunate cap to an extremely disappointing season for Wilson, who was expected to burst on to the scene in 2013. He has just 44 carries for 146 yards (3.3 YPC) with one touchdown this year. Hopefully he'll be able to get healthy by 2014 and capitalize on his lofty potential.

As for the Giants, they will continue to roll with Brandon Jacobs as their lead back, while Da'Rel Scott will factor in as the change-of-pace runner. Jacobs was excellent on Thursday night, carrying the ball 22 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. It was his highest rushing total since December of 2010. Not coincidentally, four of the Giants' five offensive linemen graded out at a season-best, according to Pro Football Focus - rough timing for Wilson. Don't expect that type of production out of Jacobs every week, but he will be carrying the load and should get plenty of goal-line opportunities.
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10/14/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61976 respect

I thought you weren't allowed to play football once diagnosed with spinal stenosis? If he can still play, that will just scream even louder how much bs the NFL's new safety campaign really is.