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Victor Cruz Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery

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Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.
Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.

You won’t be seeing any salsa dancing in the end zone when the New York Giants play their final two games of the season. Victor Cruz underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today, and his season is over.

Cruz injured his knee and suffered a concussion on the same play in a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15. With only two games remaining and the playoffs out of reach, they have no reason to risk his health. He signed a six-year, $45.879 million contract in the offseason, and he’ll be in New York for many years to come. Shutting him down and starting his recovery early will allow him to get back to full strength in time for the start of training camp.

Cruz started the year strong, but he slowed down considerably as the season progressed. Despite his best efforts, he could do little to help the Giants’ anemic offense. Eli Manning has been a disaster this season, and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s poor play-calling hasn’t helped one bit.

He will finish his third full season in New York with 73 receptions for 998 yards and four touchdowns. He was only two yards short of finishing with a third consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season.

Reuben Randle will take Cruz’s place in the starting lineup, and the team will use this time to fully evaluate his skills and see if he’s capable of stepping into an every-down role as they prepare for what could be Hakeem Nicks’ last season as a member of the Giants.