Although Wilson has been participating in noncontact offseason practices, his status remains up in the air following Wednesday morning's neck exam.
There is reason for optimism beyond the fact that Coughlin is hoping and praying for an imminent recovery, however. Wilson has another appointment on July 21, at which point his doctor believes the running back will be cleared for training camp.
"I sat down today and Dr. (Frank) Cammisa showed me the X-rays and the CAT scan and my surgery has been successful," Wilson said. "We're just waiting for the bone to heal strong enough for contact. The doctors will know when that point is. I feel perfectly fine."
The Giants' team physician, Dr. Russell Warren, has an idea when Wilson will be cleared.
"There has been significant progress and healing since David had the fusion," Warren said. "But the reality is it has only been four and one-half months since the surgery. We anticipate that when David is re-evaluated at the start of training camp he will be cleared at that point."
Coughlin just can't count on his 2012 first-round pick to hold up to the pounding of a dozen or more high-impact collisions per game.