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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