Wednesday is a huge day for David Wilson and the New York Giants. The running back who is trying to come back from a spinal fusion to repair a herniated disc in his neck is scheduled for his latest post-operative MRI today. Good news on the MRI and Wilson could be cleared to return to the Giants this fall. Bad news and Wilson and the Giants will continue their waiting game, hoping for a time when the pictures give Wilson permission to play again.
Wilson is chomping at the bit for that green light. During OTAs he has been running plays, fielding punts -- doing pretty much anything he is allowed to do.
"You'd never know that he's having issues," said head coach Tom Coughlin.
"I feel great," Wilson said. "I don't even think about it when I'm out there. I'm just doing everything normal. If you focus on that, it's the wrong thing to focus on. I'm trying to focus more on building chemistry with my team and learning this playbook so we can have a better season than we did last year."
Wilson said last week that he is "just praying" the MRI results show he has healed sufficiently to be able to return to the game.
"I'm just looking forward to getting out on the field so hopefully they get the pictures they're looking for," Wilson said.
The Giants have prepared for the 2014 season as though Wilson won't be playing. They signed Rashad Jennings as a free agent, brought back Peyton Hillis and drafted powerful Andre Williams. Make no mistake, though. If Wilson is healthy, there is a role for him in the Giants' backfield. He possesses speed and game-breaking ability that no other Giants' back has, and that offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo can surely find ways to utilize.