Sunday night football consisted of a New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles regular season matchup but may have been the last game of this season for the New York Giants’ star wide receiver, Victor Cruz. He went down on an attempted pass and was carted out with an obvious knee injury. It is reported that Cruz has suffered from a torn patellar tendon and will most likely be out for the rest of the season.
The Giants were down against the Eagles 20-0 with 9:35 left in the third quarter. Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning decided to go for a much-needed fourth-and-one pass attempt to Cruz. Cruz ran past Eagles’ cornerback, Brandon Boyton, pivoted, and went down as his knee twisted. He fell and immediately grabbed his knee in tears as both teams and the entire Lincoln Financial Field went silent. Cruz was carted off on a stretcher and clearly devastated as his head laid in his hands, still in tears. The stretcher passed the Giants’ sideline and each player tapped Cruz on the shoulder as they all knew that their star player just suffered from an injury a little more serious than anticipated.
The New York Giants suffered a 27-0 shutout game against the Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) and will have to figure out how to incorporate their young wide receivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle for next week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys (5-1). Odell Beckham Jr. is a rookie wide receiver from LSU. He was drafted in the first-round in the 2014 NFL Draft, but missed the first four games of the season due to a strained right hamstring. Beckham Jr. is set to start next week against the Cowboys. Rueben Randle was a draft pick also from LSU and was drafted by the Giants in 2012. Both players will have to step up their game and synchronize themselves to make plays with Eli Manning while Cruz is sidelined.
Victor Cruz is currently in a five-year, $43 million contract with the Giants. He will have to undergo surgery and rehab. Typically, a torn patellar tendon can take anywhere from four to eight weeks to heal, but Cruz will have to participate in physical therapy to get his knee back performing to one-hundred percent.
Victor Cruz has been on the New York Giants since 2011 and has been a successful part of their offense since then. That first year he scored nine touchdowns with 1,536 yards. He is mostly known for his touchdown celebration, a salsa dance in honor of his deceased grandmother who passed in 2012. He is one of the Giants’ best offensive players, arguably among the best wide receivers in the league and is certainly a fantasy football favorite The 27-year-old wide receiver finished last season with a total of 73 receptions for 998 yards, which was ultimately a career low. He also only scored four touchdowns and did not score his first touchdown until Week 4. Cruz had hopes to have a comeback season this year after what concluded to be a disappointing year for him last year but those ambitions will have to be postponed for another season.
Commentary By Tricia Manalansan