New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz left practice early on Wednesday after aggravating the strained calf that has caused him to miss all of the 2015 NFL season so far, according to Giants.com. Cruz has been sidelined since mid-August with a strained left calf.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin told the site, “Victor came out and tried to do individuals. He felt the calf again and that’s all he did,” via giants.com. His departure puts into question his availability for the Giants’ game Sunday in Buffalo. On Monday, Cruz was optimistic he would make his 2015 debut against the Bills and he went so far as to say, “I’m convinced I’m playing Sunday.”
ESPN is reporting that Cruz has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills and there is no timetable for his return at this point, the team announced Thursday.
“Victor tried it yesterday, and it did not feel right to him, and so he did not practice — just a little bit at the very beginning,” Coughlin said Thursday. “Obviously we’re all disappointed in that. … We’ll get him back in rehab, get him back to work and see when we can get him back on the field,” via ESPN.
Coughlin also confirmed that Cruz underwent another MRI and this leaves the Giants with four healthy wide receivers on their active roster: Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris and rookie Geremy Davis. The Giants have two wideouts on their practice squad, Tavarres King and Myles White. On Tuesday, they also worked out former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks and former Patriots/Broncos receiver Wes Welker. When asked about Welker, who has a concussion history, Coughlin said, “He was healthy and he worked out well,” via ESPN.
Quarterback Eli Manning, who undoubtedly has been looking forward to having Cruz, Beckham and Randle on the field for the first time since last year, also expressed sadness over Cruz’s latest bump in the road. Like Randle, Manning said the show must go on — with or without Cruz — who has not yet been declared out of Sunday’s game by the Giants.
“We’re just going about our business,” Manning said. “We have guys who have been playing and practicing and we have a job to do,” via UPI.
“Hopefully it’s just minor,” Manning told the Associated Press. “I know he has been working hard since the knee injury. It’s always frustrating for everybody when you are injured. You want to be out there. It’s something that is nagging with a muscle strain. It’s not fun for anybody. He’s got a great attitude toward it and hopefully he can continue to heal up and get out there when he can.”
The 28-year-old Cruz has not played in a game since sustaining a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 12, 2014, against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had surgery and rehabilitation and came to training camp hoping to play in the season opener but he pulled his calf muscle in mid-August and has not practiced according to the Associated Press.
Here’s the complete injury report for both the Giants and the Bills as of Thursday morning from Giants.com.