Cruz Has Knee Surgery – Season Likely Over

Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After injuring his left knee on a play against Seattle last Sunday, Victor Cruz had arthroscopic surgery yesterday that will likely end his season. Cruz hasn’t yet been placed on injured reserve (which would make it official), but that’s probably because promoting a new player to the 53-man roster, and paying him, would put the Giants over the salary cap. Instead, they may choose to play out the string with 52 healthy players.

Ending Cruz’s season now makes sense, especially given the scary hit he took that caused the injury. Aside from the obvious benefit of protecting the team’s one bright spot on offense, sitting the star opens up playing time for Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan – guys who have looked good in spurts but haven’t grown into consistent contributors yet. The Giants will need one or both of those guys to emerge opposite Cruz in 2014, when Hakeem Nicks is most likely playing somewhere else.

Cruz was injured on a clean play of football, but that’s not always the case.  Check out this blog article on penalties in the NFL since 2009. You’ll find some interesting names and teams int he report…

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  • Joseph Bulger

    Sitting Cruz makes sense, but what makes more sense is Coughlin not waiting until his starters get hurt and need surgery after meaningless games played for “respectability.” He risked Cruz, and got bit. Who’s next? Eli? Play him until Suh and Fairley get up off him and his leg’s bent ala Theisman? Who cares about the next 5 seasons when you’re playing for “respectability” today, right? Get Nassib in there. He’s a much more mobile QB than Eli ever was, so he won’t be a stationary target. Nobody knows what the Giants have with Nassib until he gets regular season game reps. Oh, but he’s not 1st round starter material, and wasn’t brought in to ever start. Yeah, and Brady, Romo, Foles, Wilson, etc. weren’t either. What’s more, picking a QB in the 1st round is almost a coin flip, ending up paying huge bucks for a Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder, or even Ryan Lief. Give Nassib a shot… ya never know. Or, continue to pile up starter injuries like Cruz in meaningless games for “respectability” and waste a roster spot and cap carrying a 3rd QB in 2014 because Nassib’s unknown and untested.

    • Adam Ganeles

      Don’t underestimate the significance of consecutive games played streak re: Eli. That’s the only upside to him taking the field.

      • Joseph Bulger

        …well, that and supporting Coughlin’s “playing for respectability” (every time I say that I laugh… what a dope). Coughlin ought to consider that in 1983 a great QB was named NFL MVP, and on November 18th 1985, that NFL MVP suffered a compound fracture to his leg that ended his career and the hopes of his franchise for years to come. To replace this HOF QB, in stepped Jay Schroeder, then Ed Rubbert, then Doug Williams, then Mark Rypien, Stan Humphries, Jeff Rutledge, Rich Gannon, Cary Conklin, Heath Shuler, John Friesz, Gus Frerotte, Jeff Hostetler, Trent Green, Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Shane Metthews, Pat Ramsey, Danny Wuerffel, Tim Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, an old Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck… and finally Kirk Cousins and RGIII. How long did the Redskins suffer without another great QB because of that November 18th 1985 hit by LT? Sure, some of those QBs had very good seasons. Super Bowl wins. But how many of them are NFL MVP HOF QBs? When you get one of them, you don’t risk losing them by having them play in meaningless games for the sake of “respectability” or streaks. It may be a long, long time before you get one again.

    • Ricky Zimmerman

      its also valuable to get eli some game reps with guys like randle and jernigan, not only so they develop a rapport but also to help figure out what’s been wrong with eli and fix it in the offseason. eli’s clearly your guy for at least 2014 and the likelihood of an injury that affects next season isn’t high (knocks on wood). think of these last 2 games as pre-preseason – you really want to get him playing well again

      • Joseph Bulger

        Ricky, good point. However, without a descent line in front of him, and the seeming inflexibility of this offensive scheme to exploit aggressive pressure (i.e. they’re practically incapable of executing a screen play), and Eli’s relative immobility (compared to most starting QBs), I am of the opinion that this season does not present an opportunity for Eli to turn things around to the extent that it has a positive affect on 2014. In other words, keeping him out there for the last two meaningless games isn’t likely to benefit the Giants as much as having Nassib on the field gaining valuable regular season reps. Eli doesn’t need the experience gained from additional reps when his O-line is incapable of affording him and his receivers time to work passing plays that take anything more than 3 seconds to develop, and he sure doesn’t need more experience handing off the ball to his RB. Five step drops are not an option with this line. Defenders know to bite on the receivers’ first move, because Eli must get rid of the ball quickly, and that places the receiver at a decided disadvantage in gaining separation. That situation will only be worse against an exceptional defensive line like that of the Lions. Likelihood of injury (i.e. Probability of Occurrence) to Eli is only half the risk equation, the other half being Severity of the Outcome. Even with a low likelihood of serious injury affecting Eli’s off season training program and 2014 training camp or preseason, the severity of that outcome should it transpire would be catastrophic to the Giants 2014 campaign. Eli will play very well again… when JR puts a top tier O-line in front of him.