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Giants' second-year running back David Wilson was so excited when he crossed the goal line for the first time this season, giving his team an early 7-0 lead, that he performed a pair of end-zone backflips to entertain the home crowd at MetLife Stadium.
Things were looking good. The Giants were showing signs of life on their first drive of the game, both through the air and on the ground. The previously inept offense was finally responding to the sedated start to the season, as Wilson enjoyed an encouraging five-yard touchdown scoot. The young back's confidence was surely on the rise.
Perhaps he was a tad too confident two drives later, when the Giants started with the ball backed up on their own 5-yard line. On the first play of the drive—and the final of the first quarter—Wilson was hit in the backfield and, after hesitating, was driven into the end zone. He was lucky to have established forward motion at the 2-yard line, avoiding what looked like a two-point safety for the Eagles.
He wasn't as lucky, however, when it came to his health. Wilson injured his neck on the play; he did not re-enter the game.
After heading to the locker room early in the second quarter, Wilson was spotted on the sideline suited up, apparently ready to go if needed. He then returned to the locker room and was declared out for the remainder of the game on the other side of halftime.
Without Wilson, the Giants offense quickly became one-dimensional. Brandon Jacobs assumed an every-down role, carrying the ball 11 times for 37 yards as the Giants turned to their passing game. New York no longer had a respectable threat to run the ball.
Aside from a two-possession span in the third quarter—in which the Giants assembled back-to-back scoring drives, both capped off by Rueben Randle touchdown catches—New York's offense struggled without its first-round investment in the backfield. In the fourth quarter, it was the worst its looked all season.
Early reports on Wilson's injury claim it's not serious, per Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. But the injuries are really mounting for New York now. In addition to CB Aaron Ross and G Chris Snee being added to the injured reserve list this week, CB Corey Webster, C David Baas, DT Linval Joseph, TE Adrien Robinson and CB Jayron Hosley also missed the game due to injury. Defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka were each injured at various points in the contest, as well.
While the reported insignificance of Wilson's injury may be good news for your fantasy team, it doesn't do much for the Giants. They needed him on Sunday and—for the most part—they didn't have him.