June 04, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants running back David Wilson has not been cleared for contact work and probably won't be before training camp begins in late July.

The third-year running back underwent a CT scan Wednesday on his neck, in which he suffered a herniated disk last October. Giants team physician Dr. Russell Warren told the team's website that Wilson has made significant progress.

''But the reality is it has only been 4 1-2 months since the surgery,'' Warren said. ''We anticipate that when David is re-evaluated at the start of training camp, he will be cleared at that point.''

New York opens training camp July 21, an early start because the Giants will play Buffalo in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3.

The Giants' first-round draft choice in 2012, Wilson was hurt against the Eagles, was inactive for three games and then was placed on injured reserve. He underwent spinal fusion surgery on Jan. 16.

''Everything I got this morning was good news - there was nothing bad or negative,'' Wilson said. ''I'm very pleased and very blessed for my healing process to continue.''

Wilson has worked briefly at the Giants' organized team activities.

''When the defense is on the field, that's the only time I'm not participating,'' he said. ''I can do anything and everything that's asked of me at this point. I'm removed when it's defense vs. offense so as not to have an accident. I'm catching passes, taking handoffs from the quarterbacks and getting reps with the offense without the defense.

''There's no need to have contact. We want to wait until it's fused all the way ... we don't have full contact in OTAs, anyway. We don't have pads on.

''As long as I'm getting my mental reps, I think the coaches believe in my athletic ability to take over after that and I'll be just fine.''


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