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New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Undergoes Knee Surgery; Ruled Out Vs. Detroit Lions

December 19th, 2013 at 3:59 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Giants have been decimated by injuries in 2013 and have a laundry list of key players on injured reserve this season; David Baas, Chris Snee, Aaron Ross, Brandon Jacobs, David Wilson and Corey Webster just to name a few.

Now, Victor Cruz may be joining them for the final two games of the year, as the Giants have officially ruled their leading receiver out for their Week 16 contest against the Detroit Lions with a concussion and a knee injury which he suffered last week against the Seattle Seahawks.

On Thursday, Cruz went down to Pensacola, Florida to visit world renowned sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews to have a procedure done on his injured left knee, as Giants.com reported. The website did mention that Cruz passed the necessary protocol for concussions.

With Cruz out, the Giants will have to rely heavily on Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle, plus look to Jerrel Jernigan and Louis Murphy for extended roles in the offense on Sunday against the Lions, and maybe even for the final week of the season against the Washington Redskins.

With the procedure on Cruz's injured knee, plus the fact that the are Giants sitting at 5-9 and officially out of contention for the postseason, it would make sense if the Giants simply shut down Cruz for the remainder of the 2013 season and keep him inactive for the regular season finale against the Redskins, as they wouldn't want to make his injury that much worse in a meaningless regular season game.

In 14 games played, Cruz has caught 73 passes for 998 yards and four touchdowns and was two yards shy of his third straight 1,000-yard season with the Giants before suffering the injury against Seattle.

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18 Responses to “New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Undergoes Knee Surgery; Ruled Out Vs. Detroit Lions”

  1.  jerseyrich says:

    The Giants will have to rely heavily on nicks….in other words, the Giants passing game is screwed (well, just a little bit more than it already was before cruz got injured).

  2.  Krow says:

    WTF … where did the knee thing come from ???

  3.  BigBlueGiant says:

    arthroscopic debridement surgery.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      it’s a simple procedure to clear out the junk around the ligaments and what not, but what’s concerning is that most people who get this surgery have osteoarthritis.

      •  Krow says:

        We can’t catch a break.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          So a few months ago, i actually was actually half joking about this team winning enough games to knock ourselves out of a playoff spot, then end up drafting a WR.

          Now, with Nicks likely gone, and this going on with Cruz…. How do we NOT draft the best WR available?

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Cruz was’t playing anymore surgery or not. 2 yards is not worth it. We still get a look at JJ and Talley to see what they can to in an expanded role.

    I think if Cruz were healthy that Nicks would have been made inactive.

  5.  Krow says:

    I’m just stunned over this season. Less than two years ago we were in a Superbowl victory parade. Now we’re one of the worst teams in the league. This is like something out of a bad movie.

  6.  PittsburghJim says:

    There is no worse feeling in all of sportsfandom (?) than to root for a team that is not competitive.
    Throw in disarray, in-fighting, poorly coached, lacking “heart” and so much more and you have the Blue Stew that is our beloved team.

    Fortunately this is a year-to-year league and we will be back.

    As I get older and raise 2 children in this world of complete & total instant gratification….I can tell you in no uncertain terms that I will enjoy the GMens next spate of success immensely. When it comes.

    I tell my 15 yr old son (whose teams have been on losing side of ledger A LOT) that winning is SO great, because losing really hurts. Let’s all collectively keep this period of a sh-t sandwich taste in our mouths…..because WE WILL BE BACK.

    I hope.

  7.  Krow says:

    Slumps like this are the norm not the exception. But smart, well run organizations minimize them. They don’t turn them into a decade of futility. That’s the challenge before Reese & Friends.

  8.  Dirt says:

    I can’t fvkuing believe that my team is going to pay a lifetime achievement award to $nee. That’s some crap that the Raiders would pull. And it’s >50% that it’s going to happen. It makes me sick.

    Eli Manning sells suites and PSLs. Mara’s gonna sit there and say “we need to protect this guy; how can I cut $nee and turn the spot over to a guy like Brewer who the coaches can’t get anything out of?”

    Not good.

  9.  jb322 says:

    I guess I am in the minority here when I say I don’t think things are that bad. When I look at our situation, I see a terrible offensive line and a damaged, out of shape, #1 wide receiver that has essentially crippled our offense. I also see a team that has played one of the hardest schedules in the NFL. The winning percentage of teams on our schedule is higher than every other team except St Louis. We have played Carolina, Seattle, Kansas City and Denver. People like to talk about how we caught a break playing all those teams with back up quarterbacks, but they fail to mention that in our first 4 games we faced 3 of the top 5 teams in the NFL with our offensive line and backfield in shambles. Simply put, Fix the line, you fix this team. That can be and will be done. We have the cap room and the draft choices to do it. Do this and we are a 10 win team. With a decent line, we win the Chicago game, the first Philly game and both Dallas games. So whether people want to admit it or not this team is close to contending again.

    That said, I do think there is a serious disconnect between JR and TC that is starting to be a major impediment to the success of this team. Half the draft picks brought in have never gotten any playing time. There seems to be some kind of struggle going on between the two. Does anybody else get the impression that Wilson was not TC’s first choice in the draft room? It is obvious to me that they have a very different philosophy as to the type of player required for this team to be successful, I see it over and over, Beckum, Barden, Wilson, Robinson, Jernigan, Brewer just to name a few. And before anybody jumps on the ” oh these guys had no talent” bandwagon, remember there is a very fine line between success and failure in the NFL. If you need an example look no further than Andre Brown and Jon Beason. Brown was cut loose 5 times, Beason was riding the bench in Carolina.

    Sooner or later one of the two has to go. If TC truly does plan to stay on longer, then this has to be Reese. He can have all the talent in the world as a GM, but as long as TC is here, he will be constrained in what he can do. It doesn’t matter what talent he brings in. We either need to bring in a coach that buys into Reese’s philosophy or bring in a GM that can get the kind of players Coughlin wants.

    •  LUZZ says:

      This is a very good point. The struggle between JR and TC is an untold story, but one that is hurting our player development in a big way.

  10.  stuh says:

    jb322: Well said but If they are not o the same page,then they haven’t been for a long time. So WTF is wrong with Mara sitting on the sidelines watching all those failures and doing nothing about it. This guy has grown up in the football business he should recognize that something is wrong.

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