As if the Giants weren’t having a bad enough time this season as it is, Coughlin’s team will go into their Thursday Night matchup without David Wilson. The team’s starting running back has been ruled out due to a neck injury that sidelined him for the majority of last week’s game against the Eagles. Although Wilson has had his troubles this season for the New York Giants, he is still there most reliable back and has twice as many carries as anyone else on the team right now. Coach Tom Coughlin stated that they are treating Wilson’s injury on a “week to week” basis, which means that we could see him as soon as week 7 or as late as December. A neck injury is probably the toughest injury to create a time-table for because if even the slightest irritation is severely re-injured it could lead to paralysis, so one has to be extra careful with neck injuries.
In Wilson’s absence, veteran running back Brandon Jacobs will get the start, while being helped by recently re-signed half back Da’Rel Scott. Neither Jacobs nor Wilson has proven themselves this year to be a durable and reliable back, so the Giants will be in some serious trouble come Thursday, not that they weren’t already. While Scott has achieved just 56 yards on 16 carries (3.5 YPC), Jacobs’ numbers are even worse, rushing the ball 22 times for just 48 yards (2.2 YPC).
However, Brandon Jacobs keeps an optimistic attitude despite his lack of quality performance thus far.
I can handle a full workload, there’s no question… I might be hurting the next day, but I can definitely handle a full workload or whatever they ask of me.”
Lets hope that Jacobs can handle a full workload, because Da’Rel Scott is by no means the ideal backup for the Giants. Scott has yet to prove himself as a decent tailback in the NFL, accumulating just 81 yards off 27 career carries (3.0 YPC). Fortunately, Scott can be a good receiver out of the backfield, a dual threat element that may prove to be useful against a young and aggressive Chicago defense. So far this season, Scott has 10 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown against the Denver Broncos. While Scott is by no means a quality runner in the NFL, his dual threat ability should help the Giants a little against the Bears on Thursday night.
Clearly, David Wilson’s injury is a huge blow to the already weak Giants’ rushing attack, who have averaged just 56.8 rushing yards per game, which is even worse than the Jaguars and is last in the NFL. Big Blue cannot wait to get Wilson back on the field, but until then the former Virginia Tech Hokie will be severely missed.