David Wilson didn't get the news he said he was praying for from Wednesday's checkup on his surgically repaired neck, but he seemed pleased with what he did learn.
"Everything I heard today was excellent," the 22-year-old running back said.
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Wilson wasn't cleared to participate fully, as he had hoped to be, but tests show that he should be ready to take the field when the Giants begin training camp next month.
Wilson underwent vertebrae fusion surgery in his neck in January and it normally takes around six months for the bone graft in such a procedure to fully heal.
"There has been significant progress and healing since David had the fusion," said Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants' team physician, after examining yesterday's CT scan. "But the reality is it has only been four-and-one-half months since the surgery. We anticipate that when David is re-evaluated at the start of training camp he will be cleared at that point."
Players will report to training camp on July 21.
"I sat down today and Dr. [Frank] Cammisa [who performed the surgery] showed me the X-rays and the CAT scan and my surgery has been successful," Wilson said. "We're just waiting for the bone to heal strong enough for contact. The doctors will know when that point is. I feel perfectly fine."
Wilson was cleared to be more active in the weight room and on the field -- he'll just have to wait before participating in any 11-on-11 drills.
"We want to wait until it's fused all the way, but there's no need to have unnecessary contact at an unnecessary point in the season," Wilson said. "There's no need for me to go out there and have an accident that takes us backward when we've come so far and my surgery went well and I'm making such good progress."
The announcement came five days after safety Will Hill was suspended six games for violating the same policy. For Hill, it was his third drug-related suspension and the Giants waived him on Monday.
Hosley is eligible to participate in offseason training with the Giants and can participate in training camp and preseason games. He is eligible to return to the 53-man roster on Sept. 26, the day after the Week 4 game.