This season many expected Victor Cruz to return to the field, but New York Giants receiver suffered yet another injury that will put him on the sidelines for some time.
Victor Cruz is one of the best receivers in the league, but injuries put the pause on something that could have been a very successful NFL career. Due to injuries, Cruz played his last game on October 12 2014, when he suffered a torn patellar tendon. It was expected that Victor will play last season, but long rehabilitation did not give the desired results.
New York Giants have had great expectations from Victor Cruz this season. His return is expected to bring additional quality to the offense that was becoming one-dimensional, but that will not happen for now. Due to tight groin Cruz left the practice on Tuesday and has since been out of the training process. The severity of the injury is still unknown, but just in case the Giants want to be careful with Cruz. What is certain is that Victor will miss the preseason opener and we will know more about his status in a few days.
New York Giants
New York Giants won the Super Bowl back in 2011, but since then have failed to qualify for the playoffs. This preseason, the franchise from the East Rutherford has made major changes. Tom Coughlin has decided to retire, so Ben McAdoo becomes the new head coach. Giants were very aggressive this preseason, as the spent a lot of money signing some high-profile free agents. The emphasis was on strengthening the defense, because they believed that Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. will be the force to fear in the NFL.
Odell Beckham Jr
Odell Beckham Jr. quickly became the NFL star, but he cannot do everything alone. When he arrived in the NFL Cruz was at his peak. Eli Manning should have two fantastic wide receivers and the Giants were supposed to have one of the most productive offenses in the league. But this duo has been on the field together only in six quarters. Now, it looks like Odell Beckham Jr. will be alone again.
So far there is no information that the New York Giants will cut Victor Cruz, but the franchise from the Big Apple has to think about the future. Cruz did not play in a long time and he will earn 4.4 million dollars this season. Now there are fears that he will not be ready for the new season. NFL is a league where everyone is waiting for the opportunity, so Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris can take opportunity and kick out Cruz from the rotation. The greatest danger for Cruz is Shepard, who is having a very good camp and there is a big possibility that he can be in the starting lineup in Week 1.
Victor Cruz said that the injury is not so serious, and that he will be ready for this season. The problem is that last year he said the same thing. New injury put him on the sideline in the most important part of the training camp and that gives the opportunity to the young players to take his place. NFL is business first and in the league there is no place for emotions. Cruz must quickly return to the field and to prove to everyone that he is able to be productive and healthy for the whole season. Otherwise, his NFL career is over.