There will be no post-bye help coming to the Giants from Victor Cruz, the NY Post Reports.
The one-time star receiver will miss the entire 2015 season, he announced Monday, as he heads for surgery to repair a left calf injury that somehow short-circuited his comeback from the major knee surgery that ended his 2014 season after only six games. The Giants hit their bye week at 5-5, in first place in the NFC East, and were anticipating Cruz getting on the field for the stretch run.
Not gonna happen.
“It’s a tough time for me, it’s a tough time for my family, a tough time for all of us because we were so excited about coming back and being a part of something special this year and being a special player individually,’’ Cruz said in a video posted on Bleacher Report. “But unfortunately I couldn’t do that this year due to my calf injury. It’s out of my control. There’s certain things that just happen to your body that you can’t explain. But I’m excited for the next chapter, I’m excited for the process, I’m addicted to the process of getting better, getting back to 100 percent, feeling the energy of my teammates, feeling the energy of being back on the field again.
“I hope you guys don’t lose faith in me because I haven’t lost faith in myself. So see you guys next year. Peace.’’
No one saw this coming after Cruz made such a strong return from the ruptured patella tendon, making his way into the start of training camp, showing no ill effects of the knee surgery. He left the practice on Aug. 17 with what was described as a strained left calf muscle. Incredibly, that seemingly minor injury led to this. Cruz returned to practice on Sept. 28, but had to shut himself down almost immediately when the calf did not respond well to the minimal work he put in on the field.