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Giants' Wilson getting second opinion on neck

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New York Giants running back David Wilson said he fears he may miss the rest of the season because of a neck injury but is seeking a second opinion.

Wilson said doctors told him he may have spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal column. Season-ending surgery may be necessary depending on several factors, including where on the spine the condition is present and if the condition is creating constant discomfort.

According to Wilson, one of his vertebrae is situated too closely to his spinal cord. However, he said he is not feeling any pain. If he is cleared by doctors, he could play Oct. 21 against the Minnesota Vikings. He is visiting spinal surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles Monday.

"Best case, I'll be back after the second opinion," he said. "That's what I'm hoping and praying for because I feel perfectly fine. It really doesn't make sense to me right now. People say, 'Oh, but it's the neck,' but I feel like I'm fine. I'm willing to go out there and sacrifice and play with my team, this is what I love. That's my choice."

Coach Tom Coughlin disputed the season-ending scenario.

"That's not the way it was presented to me," he said.

Coughlin said his understanding is that Wilson may be out for three or four weeks.

Wilson left last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half and missed Thursday's matchup against the Chicago Bears. Brandon Jacobs filled in for Wilson Thursday and rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns.
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