Updates from Tuesday, August 5
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News confirms the Giants waived David Wilson:
The Giants officially waived/injured RB David Wilson, according to the league's transaction report.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 4, 2014
Teams technically can put in a claim for Wilson over the next 24 hours. Since he can't play anymore, none will. He'll then go on IR.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 4, 2014
When David Wilson clears waivers tomorrow and is added to the Giants' IR list, it allows him to collect his full 2014 salary of $997,682.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 4, 2014
Re David Wilson, will be paid $1M salary on IR this year, then Injury Protection benefit in 2015 at half of $1.3M salary ($650,000).— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) August 5, 2014
Andrew Brandt of ESPN provides more details on Wilson's compensation:
After undergoing offseason neck surgery, David Wilson made his return to training camp in 2014. Unfortunately, another neck injury will now sideline the New York Giants running back for the entire regular season.
The Giants confirmed the news on Monday via a release on the team website:
“Dr. Frank Cammisa Jr., our spine specialist at HSS examined David this morning and following that exam, we both sat down and shared our perspective with David,” said Dr. Warren. “David has diffuse cervical stenosis. He had a disc removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week’s episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, Frank and I both told David he should not play football any more. We let David know that by playing, he would be putting himself at risk for more episodes like last week or perhaps something more serious. ”
“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” said Wilson. “I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too.”
Wilson also posted on his Instagram account following the announcement:
At age 8 I told my #Dad I wanted to play football in THE NFL at this point in my life I have done that. Even Blessed to be drafted in the 1st round. Broke and set RECORDS, scored Touchdowns, and all that follows. It's a great feeling to live a out dream. Unfortunately that has been paused but I am blessed that I am able to walk away from this game healthy and still able to be me with no restrictions pain or struggle and So all I ask is please don't be sorry or pity ME that's just one chapter life goes on and I'm glad I can live it. Once a Giant always a #Giant #pocketrocket
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports commented on Wilson's future following the news:
The word "retire" not used in the David Wilson press release. That's by design. If he retires, he can't claim injury protection on salary.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 4, 2014
Josina Anderson of ESPN originally reported the news on Twitter:
Breaking: Source. Giants doctors are shutting down RB David Wilson due to the neck injury that he sustained (cont) http://t.co/wxmJecnYcK— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 4, 2014
To be even clearer, RB David Wilson's season is done w/ the #Giants this season. There is a fear his neck injuries cd be career threatening.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 4, 2014
Art Stapleton of The Record offers his insight on the Giants' potential options:
A likely option as others have mentioned: Giants could place David Wilson on IR, then take more time to determine his future. #NYG— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 4, 2014
If placed on IR + Wilson eventually gets clearance to play again, Giants would have decision + could end up w/ injury settlement. #NYG— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 4, 2014
Wilson came into the 2013 season with plenty of promise and ability, but the neck injury proved costly. He and the Giants carried optimism into 2014, but it has quickly been dashed by yet another injury.
The former Virginia Tech running back has just 115 carries, 504 yards and five rushing touchdowns in his two-year career. His return to the field was seen as a bright spot for the Giants, but now his health is the biggest factor.
While Wilson could have been a vital part of the Giants' running corps, Garafolo believes the decision was for the best:
The wise move, surely. RT @JosinaAnderson: Giants doctors are shutting down RB David Wilson due to the neck injury that he sustained— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 4, 2014
Garafolo also provides his thoughts on the future for Wilson:
No, that's TBD still, I'm told. But short term, he won't be playing. RT @justin_pelazza: does this mean he will never play again?— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 4, 2014
Following the most recent injury for Wilson, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said, "We were all praying that it wouldn't be an issue," per Dan Hanzus of NFL.com. While Wilson likely won't be in the fold, Coughlin still has options in the backfield.
The current tandem of Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams looked strong in the first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, with Williams even scoring a touchdown. With the likes of Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox pushing them, the depth chart still appears solid in New York.
As for Wilson, his health will undoubtedly be the paramount concern moving forward. It remains to be seen how this will impact his playing career over the long term, but at this point, making sure he is fully healthy will take precedence over anything else.
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