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Running back David Wilson will have offseason neck surgery, GM Jerry Reese said on WFAN.

Wilson will have a "fusion of the vertebrae." He said the initial diagnosis is that he has spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal canal.

"He’s got to come back and be healthy, number one," Reese said. "He’s planning to have surgery, and we’ll see how that comes out. Our medical staff feels like he’ll be ready to play this fall, but the neck and back - that’s pretty tricky. So you never know."

He played in just five games in 2012, carrying for 126 yards and one touchdown.

The surgery is planned for January 16.

“We’re hopeful that David will be able to play for us again next year,” Giants CEO John Mara said. “Time will tell on that one.”

The Giants needed to correct this at the soonest possible moment and many felt they were taking the long route. Now, they realize they have to act in order to assure they protect Wilson, who is a valuable asset and a big part of their future.

Or is he? He may be one of the players the team "overvalued," as per John Mara and Reese. He is clearly an explosive player but did not embrace the role as a No. 1 back this past fall. Mara said today the team could be looking to bring in a RB via free agency or the draft.

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