EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — David Wilson said he had ''tears of joy" as he thanked the Giants on Wednesday, two days after doctors told the third-year running back that he could no longer play football.
When Wilson, 23, who was waived-injured Tuesday, spoke of his teammates, he paused twice and brushed away tears with the pocket handkerchief from his blue pinstriped suit.
"You have great players, some of them probably will end up in the Hall of Fame, and they support you," said Wilson, who was told that he should step away because of a serious neck injury. "That's such a great feeling."
Coach Tom Coughlin hugged Wilson and gave him a long embrace as they passed each other before practice.
"It's always tough when you have one of your players come to the end, no matter however it comes, it's never pleasant," Coughlin said. "It's very disappointing and upsetting. You have to prepare yourself for the next challenge, the next adventure. I think David's ready for that."
Wilson made sure that everyone knew that he wasn't sad about his forced retirement.
"These are tears of joy," Wilson said. "Don't think I'm sad. There's no need to dwell on the negative, because if you do, then you feel sorry for yourself and you're not living."
NOT BACKING DOWN: Eagles cornerback Cary Williams told the News Journal of Delaware that he was standing by his comments last week that the Patriots were "cheaters." Williams was referring to when the Patriots were fined by the NFL in 2007 for illegally filming opponents' practices. "Did I say the wrong thing? No," Williams said. "I stand firm on what my beliefs are, and that's just that. I didn't tell a lie. At the end of the day, that did happen."
TE RETIRES: Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard announced his retirement. In a statement, Ballard traced his decision to the severe knee injury he sustained playing for the Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl.
HALL OF FAME: The Pro Football Hall of Fame is adding a contributor category for nomination next year.
BROWNS: Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback for Saturday's exhibition opener. Rookie Johnny Manziel could get some reps with the first-team offense, coach Mike Pettine said.
DOLPHINS: Running back Knowshon Moreno came off the physically unable to perform list and joined practice, a big step in his recovery from a knee injury that forced him to miss the first 12 days of training camp.
JAGUARS: Wide receiver Mike Brown left training camp practice with tightness in his right hamstring, joining receiver Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) and running back Toby Gerhart (hip) on the team's injury report.
PACKERS: Offensive lineman Don Barclay suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is out for the season.
REDSKINS: Receiver DeSean Jackson twisted his left ankle during practice and is questionable for tonight's exhibition game against the Patriots.
SAINTS: After being hospitalized for difficulty breathing and dehydration twice in the past two weeks, owner Tom Benson, 87, left training camp early.
SEAHAWKS: Receiver Kevin Norwood, a fourth-round pick this year, had surgery to remove a bone spur from his foot but could return by the end of preseason.
VIKINGS: Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will get some reps with the first-team offense in Friday's exhibition opener, coach Mike Zimmer said.