Running back David Wilson, who saw his season end in Week 8 thanks to a neck problem reported to be a herniated disc, will undergo surgery, according to Giants general manager Jerry Reese.
Reese, speaking to Mike Francesa of WFAN radio on Thursday, had first hinted during his year-end press conference with that Wilson was contemplating having surgery, which is scheduled to take place in the next two weeks according to a source.
Wilson will have a fusion of the vertebrae to repair the herniated disc in his neck on Jan. 16 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Frank Cammisa.
“I think the prognosis is that he’ll be ready to play next fall, if he has his surgery,” Reese said on Dec. 30. “We’re hopeful and the earlier reports that I’ve gotten, doctors do think they can fix this and he’ll be able to play.”
In his interview with Francesca, Reese confirmed that the surgery would take place and reiterated that the team, while optimistic about having Wilson playing in the fall, was not going to put all of its eggs in one basket.
“You have to look at him differently because you got the whole neck issue hovering over him,” he said. “He’s gotta come back and be healthy, number one, He’s planning to have surgery and we’ll see how that comes out.
“Our medical staff feels like he’ll be ready to play this fall. But I think the neck and back can be kind of tricky so you never know. Jason Pierre-Paul had a back and he was just a shell of himself, so those things can be pretty tricky.
“You can’t go into the season saying David will be healthy and ready to go. Right now we’re just trying to get him healthy and get him back out there.”
Wilson, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, has played in 21 games with six starts. He’s rushed for 504 yards on 115 carries with five touchdowns, and has six career receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown as a receiver.