Speaking to reporters today, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese revealed some potentially devastating news, saying "it's a possibility" that defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka never again plays professional football.
Kiwanuka, a potential free agent pending a new CBA, suffered a bulging disk in his neck back in early October and was then placed on season-ending Injured Reserve later in the month. And while there has been some progress with his treatment and rehabilitation, the New York Giants and doctors remains cautiously optimistic at the best.
Reese went on to add that he likely could play, but that he must ask himself "do I want to play" as there is "some risk involved."
Odds are with this sort of injury and the concern many will have for his safety, the Giants will be unlikely to re-sign Kiwanuka even if he is cleared to play. It's a similar situation to one that faced the team and linebacker Al Wilson back in 2007. Although doctors had cleared him to play, the former Denver Bronco was unable to pass Big Blue's physical, which ultimately led to his retirement.