David Wilson still not cleared

Updated: November 4, 2013, 4:56 PM ET
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back David Wilson has "significant improvement" in the herniated disc in his neck but has not been cleared to resume football activities, the team announced Monday.

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounGiants running back David Wilson has been out since injuring his neck against the Eagles on Oct. 6.

The Giants said that Wilson underwent an MRI on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, was examined by team physicians and will undergo another evaluation in "several weeks."

Wilson's season isn't officially over, but it sounds as though December is the soonest the Giants would expect to see him back on the field.

It also is possible, should there be a numbers crunch on the roster, that Wilson could still end up on season-ending injured reserve at some point.

Running back Andre Brown, who has been out since breaking his leg in a preseason game in August, is eligible to return to game action Sunday against the Raiders. The Giants anticipate that Brown will do so, working into the mix along with in-season additions Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis and rookie Michael Cox in practice this week.

Prior to the season, the Giants' plan at running back was for Wilson to handle the bulk of the running-back work and Brown to handle passing downs and goal-line situations.

Brown's injury wrecked that plan, as did the benching Wilson received for fumbling twice in the opener and the neck injury he suffered in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wilson was the Giants' first-round pick in 2012 and starred in his rookie season as a kick returner. This year, he had 146 yards and one touchdown on 44 carries prior to his injury.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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