Doctors are telling David Wilson that he is doing really well following offseason neck surgery and he is ahead of schedule in his rehab.
"Those are positive things to hear," the running back said on Tuesday as the Giants held their second day of voluntary offseason workouts.
But what is keeping Wilson off the field for now has little do with hearing and all about seeing. Wilson needs a clean MRI that shows that the fusion of the vertebrae to repair the herniated disc in his neck is complete. Until that happens, Wilson will remain on the sideline.
"When I'm going to see all these doctors, I'm passing every test except for the picture," he said. "That's the only reason I'm not on the field is because of the picture. So right now we just need to get the photograph that we need."
While the Giants are remaining cautious with Wilson, he said he fully expects to be ready for the 2014 season. In fact, he said he wants and expects to be cleared to participate in the OTAs and minicamp that will be held in May and June.
But before he can do any of that, he needs a clean MRI.
"As soon as the doctor sees what he wants to see, then I'm good," Wilson said.
Just in case, the Giants added running back Rashad Jennings this offseason. Jennings said on Tuesday that he and Wilson are striving to become a 1-2 punch in the Giants' new offense. Of course he also said he's the type of complete back who can stay on the field in every down and every situation.
Ideally, he won't have to be.
Wilson said he doesn't see the addition of Jennings as a threat to his role with the team.
"Running back is a position where there's not going to be one, like the quarterback," Wilson said. "Depending on the play you're going to have different personnel in, and running back is a position where people can unfortunately get hurt and it's a position you want to have a lot of bodies in. . . . The way the game is today, it's not going to be one guy. There are very few teams that have one running back that is always in there."