Giants not counting on David Wilson as their lead running back in 2014

David Wilson lays on the ground after missing

David Wilson lays on the ground after missing a pass in the first half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Don’t count on David Wilson being in the Giants’ backfield next season. Because the Giants sure aren’t.

The second-year running back and former first-round pick missed most of this season with a disc injury in his neck as well as a diagnosis of spinal stenosis and may have surgery this offseason.

“I think we’ll have to have some contingency plans at the running back position,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “I don’t think you go into the next season saying David Wilson’s going to be our number one, starting running back. I don’t think you can do that. The guy is coming off of a neck surgery, if he decides to have it.”

Reese said he didn’t want to talk “doctor mumbo jumbo” about Wilson’s situation, but noted that sometimes discs heal themselves over time. That’s what happened for Mathias Kiwanuka several years ago.

“At the beginning of the year, we’ll have another consultation with him to see if surgery would be a possibility for him,” Reese said. “That could be a possibility and if he has the surgery, I think the prognosis is that he’ll be ready to play next fall, if he has his surgery.”

Still, there will always be a cloud over Wilson regarding his neck and the fact that the situation might be career-threatening.

“When you talk about necks, there’s always a possibility,” Reese said. “We’re hopeful and the earlier reports that I’ve gotten, doctors do think they can fix this and he’ll be able to play.”

The Giants just aren’t banking on it.

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