New York Giants running back David Wilson said he fears he may miss the rest of the season because of a neck injury but is seeking a second opinion.
Wilson said doctors told him he may have spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal column. Season-ending surgery may be necessary depending on several factors, including where on the spine the condition is present and if the condition is creating constant discomfort.
According to Wilson, one of his vertebrae is situated too closely to his spinal cord. However, he said he is not feeling any pain. If he is cleared by doctors, he could play Oct. 21 against the Minnesota Vikings. He is visiting spinal surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles on Monday.
"Best case, I'll be back after the second opinion," he said. "That's what I'm hoping and praying for because I feel perfectly fine. It really doesn't make sense to me right now. People say, 'Oh, but it's the neck,' but I feel like I'm fine. I'm willing to go out there and sacrifice and play with my team, this is what I love. That's my choice."
Coach Tom Coughlin disputed the season-ending scenario.
"That's not the way it was presented to me," he said.
Coughlin said his understanding is that Wilson may be out for three or four weeks.
Wilson left last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half and missed Thursday's matchup against the Chicago Bears. Brandon Jacobs filled in for Wilson on Thursday and rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns.
---Tampa Bay cornerback Johnthan Banks might be able to play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Banks, who was diagnosed with MRSA this week, was being examined by team doctors and an independent expert, sources told ESPN on Saturday.
The NFL, the players' union and Banks were expected to have a conference call to discuss options, sources told ESPN.
Banks, a rookie, is the third Tampa Bay player to be diagnosed with MRSA, a severe staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics. Kicker Lawrence Tynes and guard Carl Nicks were previously diagnosed with MRSA.
Tynes, who was placed on the non-football injury list, is still being treated. Nicks, who did not play until Week 3, is unlikely to play Sunday due to a recurrence of the infection in his left foot this week.
Banks reportedly became worried about a sore on his body Thursday and alerted team doctors. A culture was taken, and it revealed MRSA.
---Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of an injured hamstring, ESPN.com reported Saturday.
Vick was injured during last Sunday's game against the New York Giants. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant Friday. He was listed on the team's injury report as questionable.
Vick indicated Thursday that injury was improving.
Nick Foles replaced Vick after he exited the game and will start, despite being listed with a groin injury. Rookie quarterback Matt Barkley was inactive for the first five games, but is expected to back up Foles on Sunday.
---New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is unlikely to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN.
Gronkowski practiced all week, but the team had not cleared him as of Friday. He is recovering from multiple back and forearm surgeries.
WEEI.com reported that there is growing concern over his first forearm surgery, which was performed by team doctor Tom Gill. He was injured last November.
When Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked Friday about his confidence in the team's medical staff, he said, "As it relates to our medical people, we have confidence in all of them. They do a good job."
According to the report, "serious concerns" remain about the integrity of the bone in the tight end's arm where an implement was placed, as well as the surrounding nerves.
If the bone healed on its own without the implement, there may not have been an infection. The concern is that an abscess developed, causing infection and likely weakening the bone. Gronkowski had three more surgeries on the forearm.
Dr. Jesse Jupiter, who performed Gronkowski's most recent forearm surgery, has not cleared him to play.