New York Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz is likely done for the season following a procedure to remove damaged cartilage from his left knee. ESPN.com's Matt Ehalt reports that the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensecola, Florida on Thursday.
Cruz's knee was injured in Sunday's game against the Seahawks on a play where he also suffered a concussion. He was cleared from the concussion on Wednesday, but opted to undergo the knee operation to resolve that issue, likely putting an end to his season.
Cruz leads the Giants in receptions (73) and receving yards (998), and is second on the team in receiving touchdowns (4). He has yet to be placed on the Injured Reserve list.
Owners of the Giants star WR were thrilled when Cruz started the season with a bang, hauling in three touchdowns in Week 1 vs. the Cowboys and putting up over 100 yards in three of the season's first four games. That seems like eons ago. Since then, Cruz has eclipsed the century mark just once, largely due to the G-men's anemic passing offense and the miserable season that QB Eli Manning is in the midst of. Manning has thrown only 16 touchdowns to 25 interceptions, and has been sacked 36 times.
New York's Week 16 opponents, the Detroit Lions, give up the third most passing yards per game (292) and have allowed the fifth most passing touchdowns (28). Manning has had several savory matchups that he's failed to take advantage of this season, so it was hard to get excited about this matchup as well.
If you own WR Rueben Randle , he figures to be the biggest beneficiary of Cruz's absence. Randle has 37 catches for 571 yards and a team-high six receiving touchdowns. WIth the favorable matchup and Cruz being out, Randle could very well produce his second 100 yard game of the season Sunday at Detroit... If Manning can figure out a way to quit throwing the ball to the opposing team. We have Randle ranked as a WR2 for week 16.