Giants RB David Wilson injures neck, doesn’t return for second half
Wilson suffered the neck injury on a carry that resulted in a 3-yard loss, during the final play of the first quarter. He was tackled in the Giants’ end zone by an Eagles defender, but was awarded forward progress to the two-yard line and avoided a safety.
The 22-year-old was slow to get up from what seemed to be a nasty hit to the head, before heading to the sideline and eventually to the locker room. Initially, there were speculations that Wilson might have suffered a concussion, but the Giants cleared the air by labeling his injury as a neck issue. Although Wilson was listed questionable for the rest of the first quarter, the Giants eventually held him out for the rest of the game due to precautionary reasons. The Giants, who attempted a comeback early in the second half, eventually lost Sunday’s game 36-21 to the Eagles.
The second-year pro Wilson had six carries for 16 yards, and a five-yard touchdown run before exiting the game.
Fox Sports reported at this point the Giants do not believe Wilson’s injury to be serious, but they will likely do further testing on the starting running back.
The Giants came into the 2013 season hoping Wilson could take over as the team’s primary running option after Ahmad Bradshaw signed with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason. But Wilson has been largely ineffective and his progress was hampered due to turnover problems. Heading into Sunday’s game, Wilson had been averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and has two fumbles this season.
In Wilson’s absence, Brandon Jacobs took over the lead backfield duties. Rookie Michael Cox was the Giants only other running back still active for Sunday’s game.
In other injury news, Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka also walked off the field following a rib injury. But he returned in Sunday’s game only a few minutes after leaving due to the injury. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick also left the game in the first half with a leg injury and was listed questionable, but he did not return to end the game.
Vick pulled up lame at the end of a run late in the second quarter but continued to finish the series before being replaced Nick Foles, who led the Eagles to a field goal to end the half. Before leaving, Vick had completed six of 14 passes for 105 yards and rushed for 79 yards on seven attempts.