The 2013 New York Giants aren't going anywhere.
Optimistic Big Blue fans looking at how mediocre the rest of the NFC East teams are and hoping for a miracle need to get a firm grasp on reality. No team magically goes from 0-6 to 9-7, and certainly not overnight. The Giants are in need of all kinds of help on both sides of the football. This includes holes at the running back position.
With that said, a healthy David Wilson isn't changing the team's fortunes this fall.
Wilson, who has been dealing with a neck problem over the past couple of weeks, last played on October 6. He rushed for 16 yards on six attempts against the Philadelphia Eagles. All kinds of rumors about Wilson's immediate and long-term health have swirled about the Internet since that time, to the point that some were worried that his career could be in jeopardy.
We now know that Wilson will not require surgery. He could return as soon as Week 10 according to some reports, although others have claimed that the Giants remain unconvinced that the injury to Wilson isn't serious. This leads to the obvious question:
Why bother bringing Wilson back at all this season?
The Giants have nothing of substance to gain in playing Wilson in the final five games of what is a lost campaign. Wilson will, at best, put the fumbles from the opening game behind him en route to gaining back the starting gig that was his after August. Big whoop. He can do the same during next summer's training camp and in New York's four August preseason, all without risking any further injury to a rather sensitive part of the body.
New York has already filled the gap in the depth chart. Brandon Jacobs and rookie Michael Cox are set to be the team's one-two punch in the backfield when the Giants host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Former Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs RB Peyton Hillis has also been added to the squad.
Then there's Andre Brown. Brown will be eligible to return from a broken leg in Week 10. He returned to the practice field on Thursday (October 17).
Wilson's health and also other options at the position aren't the only reasons that the team's coaching staff should consider shutting him down for the remainder of 2013. The offensive line of the Giants has been abysmal throughout the season. Sending out who is advertised to be New York's play-maker of the future just so he can take beatings in games that don't matter all that much makes about as much sense as does the Giants trading Eli Manning because he has stunk up the joint over the past two months.
This franchise planning for the future in the middle of October is unfamiliar territory both for the New York front office and also for this fan base. That, however, is where the Giants are right now. This situation involving Wilson is all about risk versus reward.
The risk that comes with the Giants playing Wilson is massive. There is no real reward in doing so.