New York Giants running back David Wilson will not need surgery on his injured neck at this time, and there remains a chance he could return before the end of this season, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.
Wilson is likely to miss at least three or four more weeks due to the injury, and the plan is to re-evaluate at that time.
Wilson was examined by neck specialist Robert Watkins on Monday in California. FoxSports.com earlier reported the news that Watkins had not recommended surgery for Wilson at this time.
Wilson said last week that he was optimistic he wouldn't need season-ending surgery, and Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the same, so it appears Watkins' diagnosis concurred with what the Giants had determined on their own.
In Wilson's absence Thursday, Brandon Jacobs rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries in the Giants' loss to the Bears. But running back Da'Rel Scott was injured in that game and is likely to miss a few weeks himself.
Jacobs missed practice Monday with a hamstring injury, and with Andre Brown not eligible to return from his injury and play until Week 10, it's likely the Giants will look for a running back on the market this week.
Rookie Michael Cox got an increased workload in practice Monday and could play a key role in the Giants' "Monday Night Football" game against the Vikings next week. But the Giants are working out running backs this week to see if there's anyone available who can help them.