Friday, February 21, 2014
Coughlin not sure about Wilson's return
By Rich Cimini
INDIANAPOLIS -- One day after ESPN reported that running back David Wilson is targeting a training-camp return, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin tried to tamp down expectations, saying he's not sure when Wilson will be cleared.
"Do I think he'll be ready for training camp? I really don't know the answer to that," Coughlin said Friday at the NFL scouting combine. "A lot has to do with his attitude, the way he feels and the way the doctors and trainers obviously feel. He's not going to be put out there until he's ready for that. I'm not even (sure) how (much) he's going to be limited in the spring."
Wilson suffered a herniated disk last Oct. 6 and underwent surgery Jan. 16.
Coughlin said Wilson was in good spirits when they talked a few days ago. Wilson has begun light weight-lifting with his legs, reporting little pain, according to Coughlin.
"Forget about the fact that he could be a difference-maker on our team; it's the idea, is he going to be healthy enough to be able to withstand?" the coach said. "We're not going to put him out there unless he really, really believes in himself and when the doctors believe he's ready to go."
Coughlin addressed other issues:
• He sounded confident that guard Chris Snee will rehab his surgically repaired hip and will return for the 2014 season. Coughlin said there's "no question" that Snee will be ready. He likely will have to restructure his contract.
• Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is making "very good progress" with his troublesome back. Said Coughlin: "He wants to be the player he was a couple of years ago. I'm interested in that."
• Second-year tackle Justin Pugh has been encouraged to gain weight. Coughlin said he wants Pugh in the 310- to 315-pound range. "That," he said, "would add power in his play."
• Coughlin declined to speculate on the future of defensive end Justin Tuck and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, both of whom will be free agents on March 11.