New York Giants: 5 worst injuries in team history
By Curt Macysyn
#2 – Victor Cruz
Wide receiver Victor Cruz was a homegrown rags-to-riches story for the New York Giants. An undrafted free agent, who was raised a stone’s throw from the Meadowlands, Cruz seemingly had it all. According to Pro Football Reference, Cruz played only three games for the G-Men in 2010. He then burst onto the scene in 2011 with 82 catches for 1,536 receiving yards.
That season Cruz caught 10 touchdowns, including a 99-yard catch and carry against the New York Jets. He led the New York Giants to a victory in Super Bowl XLVI, catching a TD in that game. Fans were excited in 2014, when rookie Odell Beckham was drafted. Cruz and Beckham were expected to be a lethal combination for Big Blue in the years ahead.
It wasn’t to be as Beckham missed the first month of his rookie season with a hamstring injury. The duo were teamed up for one full game, a 30 – 20 win over the Atlanta Falcons. With a 3-2 record heading into “Sunday Night Football” clash with the rival Philadelphia Eagles, hopes were high.
Instead all hope was lost a Cruz suffered a non-contact injury in the end zone, as the New York Giants were driving. The team lost the game 27-0, and Cruz for the better part of the next year and a half. He sustained a ruptured patella tendon in his knee. Cruz was never the same and caught only one more touchdown with the G-Men. He is out of football right now.