- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Despite the sudden retirement of running back David Wilson, the New York Giants are confident that they have enough depth at the position.

The 23-year-old Wilson announced his retirement on Monday because of neck and back injuries.

“I feel for him,” said quarterback Eli Manning, whose brother Cooper had his football career end because of a similar injury at the University of Mississippi. And his other older brother, Peyton, overcame spinal fusion surgery two years ago.

“It’s a tough situation, but it could have been a lot worse. It’s a little bit scary, but he made the right decision by walking away. We’re all going to miss him, because he was going to be a big part of our offense.”

And one Giants player, in particular, could relate to Wilson’s situation.

Linebacker Jameel McClain, signed as a free agent from Baltimore in the offseason, suffered a similar injury to the one that ended Wilson’s career when McClain was with the Ravens in 2012.

McClain suffered a bruised spinal cord and aggravated a long-standing case of spinal stenosis.

At the time, McClain was told by Ravens’ doctors that he would never play football ever again.

After the injury, McClain was released by the Ravens and signed by the Giants.

He is listed on the depth chart as their starting middle linebacker, with projected starter Jon Beason still recovering from a broken foot suffered in minicamp in June.

“I can understand to a certain extent,” McClain said. “I can relate because of the circumstances and having the same options. I really didn’t know much about my injury. The situation is a little different, but I had the same numbness and tingling my neck, hands and feet. After I first came here and we met each other, I talked to David and told him about my situation.”

McClain said that he was born with a slight case of spinal stenosis.

“What happened to David felt so real to me,” said McClain, who started 10 games for the Ravens last season before getting hurt, and had 52 tackles and a forced fumble.

“I was told that I would never play again,” he said. “David is a young man with a lot of talent. It’s a wild situation how this happened.”

McClain did not have surgery to correct his problem.

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