Victor Cruz Is Out For Season Due To Patellar Tendon Tear

Posted: Oct 13 2014, 1:44am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 13 2014, 4:03am CDT, in News | Latest Sports News

Victor Cruz is Out for Season Due to Patellar Tendon Tear
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee during the third quarter of his team's 27-0 Week 6 shutout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 12. Cruz has been ruled out of the rest of the 2014 NFL season.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz suffered a patellar tendon injury on his right knee during his team's Week 6 27-0 shutout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 12.

Cruz was injured during the third quarter and was seen sobbing on national television while he was being carted off the field, per ESPN New York's Dan Graziano:

"New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz was carted off the field, sobbing, with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee during the third quarter of a 27-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

"Down 20-0 at halftime, the Giants elected to try for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the Eagles' 3-yard line.

"Cruz got open in the back-right corner of the end zone, and Elit Manning lofted a pass Cruz got his hands on. But as he leaped for the ball, Cruz's right leg appeared to twist. As the ball tipped off his hands, he immediately reached for his right knee while still in midair.

"The pass fell incomplete, and Cruz crumpled to the ground in obvious pain. Players from both teams surrounded while team trainers attended to him, and he was loaded onto a cart and taken off the field. Cruz could be seen sobbing, with his face in his hands, while sitting with a trainer on the cart.

"The injury could mean a larger role in the offense for rookie receiver Odell Beckhkam, Jr. But since the Giants are in three-receiver sets an overwhelming majority of the time and Beckham was already in on those, they'd likely need someone such as Preston Parker or Julian Talley to step up as well.

"It was the second significant injury of the game for the Giants, who lost starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to back spasms in the first half.

"Earlier this season, Cowboys cornerback Morris Clairborne suffered a torn patellar tendon, and he is out for the season."

Cruz has been ruled out of the rest of the 2014 NFL season, per The New York Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel:

"The Giants weren't fighters on this Sunday night, before or after they lost their chief receiving threat. Everything about the evening was bad -- 'horrible,' as Rolle put it -- from the start, and nothing was worse than the way Cruz was lost for the year to a torn right patellar tendon, with 9:35 left in the third quarter. The showdown with the Eagles had already morphed into a butt-whipping, Philly ahead, 20-0, the Giants desperately trying to claw back on fourth-and-goal from the 6.

"Eli Manning dropped back and lofted a pass to Cruz, who seemed open in the back of the end zone, on the very same field where his legend had begun just three years earlier. But on this night, Cruz jumped off his right leg, getting strangely little lift, and he coudn't haul in the TD. As the ball rolled away, he crumpled to the ground in the back of the end zone, both arms tightly clutching his right knee.

"He was carted off the field, and the Giants announced the season-ending injury moments later. Cruz was admitted to a Philadelphia hospital and was to be kept there overnight, then return to East Rutherford Monday, the Giants announced.

"'Something wasn't good,' said rookie receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. 'He was in a lot of pain. As hard as it was, you have to go on and move on the the next play...It was heart-wrenching. Not much needs to be said...It's Victor Cruz, period.'"

Manning told Samuel the Giants need to make the necessary adjustments without their star receiver:

"'We'll figure that out,' said Manning. 'We'll find a way to keep playing and play better than we played today.'

"The Giants have to, said Rolle, because they have no other option. The schedule toughens, with the red-hot (Dallas) Cowboys up next, followed by the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks after the week off. And the opponents will keep playing, even if Cruz isn't -- and even if the Giants don't show up, which is exactly what Rolle said they did on Sunday. 'In this league, you can't take days off,' he said. 'And we took today off.'

"Still, Rolle insisted a recovery is possible. 'We know how to fight and climb,' he said.

"In the last three years, they've never done that without Cruz."

The 27-year-old Cruz had caught for 321 yards and one touchdown on 21 receptions in five games prior to his injury on Sunday, per ESPN stats.

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