New York Giants running back David Wilson's NFL career is over after two seasons because of a neck injury.
Wilson, 23, was told by doctors Monday that he risked more serious problems if he kept playing.
He underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January. Then at practice last Tuesday, Wilson caught a pass and ran with his head down into the back of an offensive lineman, a hit that caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.
He missed the final 11 games last season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord.
"I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me," he said in a statement released by the team. "I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too."
Wilson was drafted in the first round, 32nd overall, out of Virginia Tech in 2012. As a rookie, he rushed for 358 yards and scored four touchdowns while making his mark as a kick returner. Wilson led the NFL with 1,533 kickoff return yards, a team record.
But he got off to a slow start last season before the injury.
Wilson's condition is not expected to require additional surgery or therapy.
Bengals: Cincinnati made Andy Dalton one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league. Dalton signed a six-year extension. According to multiple reports, the deal is worth up to $115 million and will prevent Dalton playing out the final year of his rookie contract. The deal was announced at a news conference, but financial details were not released.
"We're betting big on him because we believe in him," Bengals owner Mike Brown said.
Dalton said now that the deal is done he can concentrate solely on football. "You do have it in the back of your mind, when is it going to get done," Dalton said. "Now we don't have to worry about it."
Cowboys: Tony Romo wrapped up his most strenuous day so far at training camp by saying his surgically repaired back would get a rest: He will not play in the preseason opener Thursday at San Diego. The Dallas quarterback also planned to sit out a day of practice this week, the latest indication that the Cowboys are closely managing the 34-year-old Romo's recovery.
Broncos: Starting running back Montee Ball is sidelined with appendicitis and isn't expected back until the AFC champs' opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 7. Ronnie Hillman and former Cal player C.J. Anderson shared snaps with the first-string offense at practice and are expected to get the bulk of the work in Ball's absence.
Washington: Jerry Rice Jr. has been placed on injured reserve after tearing the labrum in his left shoulder at training camp. The team initially designated Rice as "waived-injured." He was moved to I.R. on Monday after clearing waivers. Rice, who attended Menlo School, was undrafted out of UNLV. He is the son of the Hall of Famer who played for the 49ers and Raiders.
Bears: Chicago second-year wide receiver Marquess Wilson is out indefinitely after breaking his collarbone in practice. Wilson was in a battle for the No. 3 wide receiver position.
Seahawks: Running back Marshawn Lynch returned to practice for the first time since reporting to training camp late last week, but who will block for him at right tackle this season remains in question. The Seahawks released Michael Bowie on Saturday after it was determined his injured shoulder would require surgery. With Bowie gone, the battle for the starting job shifts firmly to second-round pick Justin Britt and veteran Eric Winston.
Lynch did not take part in any offseason practices and missed the first week of training camp in a contract dispute.
Browns: Cleveland waived offensive guard Jason Pinkston after reaching an injury settlement with the former starter whose NFL career has been threatened by a serious medical issue. Pinkston was hospitalized in 2012 with blood clots in his lungs, and he recently battled the ailment again. Pinkston might retire. He started 24 games in three seasons with the Browns.
Panthers: Carolina franchise player Greg Hardy entered a not guilty plea at an arraignment hearing, and his jury trial has been set for Nov. 17, according to his attorney, Chris Fialko. The Pro Bowl defensive end is appealing a July 15 conviction on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a female and communicating threats. The trial date is scheduled during Carolina's bye week.
Etc.: Former CFL and 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia joined the coaching staff of the Montreal Alouettes.