Cruz Has Knee Surgery - Season Likely Over

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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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