New York Giants running back David Wilson has been advised to discontinue playing football after meeting with Dr. Frank Camissa, who performed spinal fusion surgery on Wilson in January.
Wilson, 23, suffered a “burner” in his neck during practice last Tuesday and was referred to Camissa for a follow-up. The Giants will place Wilson on Injured Reserve, ending his season. His career is likely also over.
“We let David know that by playing, he would be putting himself at risk for more episodes like last week or perhaps something more serious,” the Giants said in a statement.
Wilson, a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, played only five games last season due to the neck injury and may ultimately be released via an injury settlement.
“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” said Wilson. “I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too.”