David Wilson to have neck surgery

Updated: January 9, 2014, 4:34 PM ET
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

The New York Giants still don't know whether they can expect to have running back David Wilson back on the field in 2014, but at least they now have a plan to help move them in that direction.

Giants GM Jerry Reese said in an interview with WFAN radio in New York on Thursday that Wilson would undergo surgery this offseason to repair the herniated disk in his neck. Wilson's surgery has been scheduled for Jan. 16.

Wilson missed the final 11 games of the Giants' season due to the neck injury, which he hoped would not require surgery. But Reese said the day after the season that surgery remained a possibility, and that if Wilson had the surgery it would be with the goal of getting him ready in time for the start of the 2014 season.

Neck injuries and surgeries are unpredictable, however, and there remains a chance that Wilson might not be able to play next season or ever again, for that matter. The results of the surgery and the manner in which he recovers from it will determine Wilson's prognosis going forward. The Giants are looking at it as an encouraging sign that Wilson will be able to have a surgery that might enable him to play in 2014, but they will have to operate their offseason with his status as something of a mystery.

With fellow running back Andre Brown eligible for unrestricted free agency, running back becomes a position of significant need for the Giants this offseason.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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