Giants place David Wilson on injured reserve

David Wilson's (neck) nightmare season ends on injured reserve

11/7/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

New York Giants running back David Wilson entered the year with huge expectations. The explosive, ultra-athletic runner was expected to take on a bigger role in 2013 (especially after Andre Brown broke his leg in the preseason), and it's safe to say that most people were excited to see what the talented youngster could do with an increased workload.

Blog Photo - Giants place David Wilson on injured reserveThe season has been a wildly disappointing one for Wilson, as he could not get anything going behind an underperforming offensive line over the first five games, averaging 3.3 yards per carry - down from his mark of 5.0 from a year ago. He carried the ball only 44 times for 146 yards in what was expected to be his first thousand-yard campaign. He injured his neck in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and that is when things really started to unravel.

Though the injury was initially considered minor, Wilson has been sidelined since suffering the ailment. The Giants are not sure when he will be healthy enough to play again, so they have placed the second-year back on injured reserve, ending his season.

Wilson has a herniated disc in his neck, but it is not expected to require surgery, and reports from ESPN suggest that he will make a "full recovery." Neck injuries can be career-threatening, but it appears that Wilson should be ready for training camp in 2014.

With Andre Brown coming off of short-term injured reserve, the Giants needed to clear a roster spot, so they could not afford to wait and see if Wilson could make a late-season return. Brown may be eased back into the offense in Week 10, but is fully expected to take over as the leader in the Giants' backfield this year. Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs will also factor in.

Wilson may be wrapping up a nightmare season, but he is still a solid bet to be productive in 2014. The Giants' offensive line should be better than they were through the first five games of this season, and Wilson has plenty of talent to explode through holes and rip off big gains. Unfortunately, he was unable to show us that ability this year.
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