David Wilson's season and career are not officially over. Yet.
But his week is.
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After undergoing what the Giants described as a "battery of tests" on his neck Tuesday night, the team announced Wednesday morning that their running back will sit out the rest of the week's practices and will not participate in Sunday's Hall of Fame preseason game against the Bills.
Wilson will be examined and undergo further evaluation by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Monday. Cammisa is the chief of spine services at HSS and he performed the cervical fusion surgery on Wilson's vertebrae in January.
Wilson left the field on Tuesday after suffering a "burner," an injury that is normally indicated by numbness or tingling in the arms. It was the same type of injury Wilson suffered last October against the Eagles, ending his season and resulting in the January surgery to relieve a herniated disc. Wilson also was diagnosed with stenosis of the spine then, he said. Given that history, the Giants were extremely concerned over Tuesday's injury and sent Wilson for the tests on Tuesday night.
"We were all praying that it would not be an issue and he would be able to come back and just go to work," Tom Coughlin said Tuesday.
Wilson caught a shovel pass from Curtis Painter, turned upfield with his head down and ran into the back of guard Eric Herman on Tuesday, according to the Giants. He walked off the field under his own power shortly after the collision.
While some doctors recommend patients who have stenosis and experience burners never play football again, it's unclear what Cammisa will find. The Giants are bracing for the worst and the possibility that their 2012 first-round pick may never step on the field again.
Wilson said last week that while recovering from the surgery for six months, he tried not to dwell on the risks of returning or the possibility that his career could be over.
"I didn't think negatively at all, not for one second," he said. "I like to stay positive about everything. That's one thing about me. I try to enjoy everything I do and try to look for the positive sides. Even if it's the worst thing, there's a positive side to everything and if it's wrong, you can make it right."