Victor Cruz Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Calf and Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

New York Giants' Victor Cruz during a NFL football camp in East Rutherford, N.J., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will not play this season because of a calf strain. It is uncertain when he will be ready in 2016.

On Aug. 20, Cruz said his calf problem was in his left leg, not the right one he injured last season, according to ESPN.com's Dan Graziano.

Continue for updates.

Cruz Announces Season-Ending Surgery

Monday, Nov. 16

Cruz announced the decision and shared his feelings on Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted:

Cruz Comments on Latest Injection, Potential Return

Friday, Nov. 13

"It helped [the second time]. Even after a couple days I could start to feel it," Cruz said, per Jordan Raanan of NJ Advance Media, on the PRP injection that he hopes will put him on the field running routes on Saturday. "It really helps in advancing the healing process in whatever area you need it in. It helped me a lot."

Cruz said the MRIs were "clean," per James Kratch of NJ Advance Media on Nov. 5. He added the chances of returning after the bye were "promising" but noted he realizes the clock is ticking "every day," per Kimberly Jones of NFL.com

Latest on Cruz's Practice Status

Wednesday, Nov. 11

The Giants announced Cruz did not take part in Wednesday's session.

Coughlin Comments on Cruz's Potential Return to Practice

Wednesday, Nov. 4

According to Raanan, head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters Cruz has yet to be cleared for a return to practice.

On Oct. 22, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post noted that Coughlin said an MRI revealed an injury to Cruz's calf, which has prevented the wideout from being cleared to practice.

Cruz Discusses Injury, Return

Thursday, Oct. 8

"I can feel I'm not far away," Cruz said, per the team. "I just continue to listen to my body and be optimistic. I'm thoroughly convinced I'll be on the field this year making big plays for my team."

Cruz said doctors told him he had to rest after his most recent injection, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News

Cruz Suffers Setback with Injured Calf

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Graziano reported Cruz didn't participate in team drills on Sept. 30 due to a setback with his injured calf. Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News noted Cruz pulled himself out of practice but did participate in individual drills.

"Victor came out and tried to do individuals. He felt the calf again, and that's all he did," Coughlin said afterward, per Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

"It sucks, to say the least, but we don't have much time to dwell on it," Giants receiver Rueben Randle said, per Schwartz.

"I'm going to take my time with this one," said Cruz, per Raanan. Cruz also confirmed to Raanan that the latest calf injury isn't as bad as the original.

Stapleton showed Cruz's final play at Wednesday's practice:

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Victor Cruz catches a pass from Eli Manning during media access in his first practice since Aug. 17. #Giants #NYG http://t.co/fPMNtz58K0

Cruz originally announced his plans to play Sept. 27, via Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted, but his season debut will now have to wait:

Cruz's Latest Injury Adds to History of Ailments  

Cruz came into the season with question marks after his 2014 campaign was cut short due to a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. He played in just six games before the injury, and it wasn't clear how long it would take him to get back to full strength.

The veteran showcased good durability over the previous three seasons, though. He appeared in 46 out of 48 regular-season games while emerging as quarterback Eli Manning's favorite target over that stretch.


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