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Giants Running Back Wilson Won’t Need Neck Surgery, Says

Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- New York Giants running back David Wilson won’t require season-ending surgery on his neck and may be able to return to action in about a month, reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the situation.

Wilson missed the Oct. 10 loss to the Chicago Bears after suffering an unspecified neck injury during the first quarter of the team’s Week 5 defeat against the Philadelphia Eagles. Wilson had told the New York Daily News that doctors were concerned he might have a narrowing of the spinal column.

Wilson got a second opinion yesterday in Los Angeles from spinal surgeon Robert Watkins, who didn’t recommend surgery, according to Wilson probably will still miss three to four weeks, the National Football League’s website said, meaning he’d sit out games against Minnesota and Philadelphia before the Giants’ Week 9 bye.

Brandon Jacobs has taken over as the lead back in Wilson’s absence, though he and Da’Rel Scott both missed practice yesterday because of sore hamstrings, leaving rookie Michael Cox as the only healthy running back.

The Giants are 0-6 this season for the first time since 1976 and rank 30th out of 32 NFL teams in yards rushing per game.

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