Things just keep getting worse for head coach Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants. After falling to 0-5 on Sunday, the Giants got more bad news on Wednesday as running back David Wilson will reportedly miss several weeks with a neck injury.
Wilson apparently has a “disc-related neck injury” and he saw specialist Dr. Robert Watkins on Monday. The optimistic view is that the Virginia Tech product will be back in a few weeks, but no one is really sure right now. The goal is to get Wilson treatment so the tingling in his neck stops.
Wilson will be going in to get a second opinion, but that won’t happen until next week. He will get further testing on it then, but until then he’s out indefinitely.
The 2012 first-round draft pick has yet to live up to his billing for the Giants, but he is their leading rusher so far this season, though that isn’t saying much. In five games, Wilson has rushed for just 146 yards on 44 carries (3.3 average), with one touchdown and two fumbles lost.
As a rookie in 2012, Wilson rushed for 358 yards on 71 carries (5.0 average), with four touchdowns. Most expected him to take over as the team’s primary ballcarrier this season, but he simply hasn’t stepped up and taken over at the running back spot. That said, he was a second-team All-Pro as a kick returner during his rookie season.
Da’Rel Scott and Brandon Jacobs will likely share backfield duties with Wilson out, while Andre Brown is eligible to return to game action in Week 10.
It is shaping up to be a terrible season for Coughlin, quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants. Turnovers, inconsistent offensive play and a disappointing defense have all combined to destroy any semblance of a competitive product out of the G-Men. Losing Wilson is just the latest in a long line of issues for the team.