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David Wilson injury: Giants running back is "likely" to retire

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The 23-year-old was a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Giants running back David Wilson may end his football career after doctors advised him to retire due to a neck injury that he suffered last season. The team's physician told Wilson that he should not continue to play due to the severity of the injury, according to NFL.com.

Wilson suffered the likely "career-ending" neck injury against the Eagles in Week 5 of last season. Doctors diagnosed him with spinal stenosis and he underwent neck surgery in January. There was a sense of optimism following the surgery as Wilson was given clearance to practice in July. Unfortunately, he suffered what is being considered a "burner" just before the Giants Hall of Fame preseason game.

The Giants placed Wilson on injured reserve on Monday. The team will now rely on newly-signed running back Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams, who had a strong showing during Sunday's preseason game. While the Giants have prepared for this unfortunate news, they are still losing their 2012 first round pick and one of the better kick returners in the league.