John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Giants’ WR Victor Cruz was on his way to another 1,000 yard receiving season yesterday when one play both took it it away and may prevent him from accomplishing it in the next two weeks.
Late in the third quarter of yesterday’s game, Cruz appeared to have caught a pass for 16-yard gain and a first down. But replays showed that Cruz did not possess the ball through the entire process. Seattle challenged the play and it was ruled incomplete.
As Cruz was slammed down to the turf, hitting his head and knee, the ball dislodged underneath him. He was removed from the game and assisted into the locker room for tests, never to return. The reception would have given Cruz 1,014 yards on the season.
Word is circulating that Cruz, who suffered both a knee sprain and a concussion on the play will be shut down by the Giants for the remainder of the season.
“There are only two games left and Cruz sprained his knee in addition to suffering a concussion in Sunday’s blowout loss to Seattle. The Giants have no reason to rush Cruz back. They’ll be able to give X receiver of the future Rueben Randle two starts to close out the year. “I don’t know,” coach Tom Coughlin said after the game. “I haven’t looked at that play, but the kid went up and made a heck of an effort and came down on the side of his helmet. … But I haven’t had a chance to visit in there. I know he came down on the side of his head, so we’ll see.”
Cruz was replaced by Jerrel Jernigan, who caught seven balls for 67 yards on the day.