In only his fifth time back on a football field since being cleared to return from last year's season-ending spinal fusion surgery, Giants running back David Wilson's career may be in jeopardy once again.
The 23-year-old Virginia Tech product and 2012 first-round draft pick suffered another injury to the neck area during Tuesday's padded practice, according to The Star-Ledger and other media present at training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. A member of the training staff assisted Wilson off the field.
The degree of Wilson's injury is unknown, but most reports include words like "stinger" and "burner" — code for nerve damage resulting from neck and shoulder trauma. These are the same terms that ultimately necessitated the fusion of vertebrae in his neck following a hit against the Eagles last October.
Just days ago, reports lauded Wilson's perseverance in returning from what many considered a career-threatening injury for the first day of training camp, so this latest news has to be of concern for the third-year running back, a Giants team in need of his services and a league with a concussion problem.
"We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he could just come back and go to work," Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters after Tuesday's practice. "He was cleared. So we'll see. I'm not going to speculate what it is. We'll have to see what the doctors say."
Wilson averaged 5.0 yards on 71 carries in addition to leading the NFL in kick return yards as a rookie. He started four of New York's first five games before suffering his season-ending injury last season.