“I just got news that I will be having season ending surgery on my left calf,” Cruz said in the video. “This hurts mainly because I worked so hard to come back from the patellar tendon surgery and I fought hard day in and day out, rehab, physical work, strength work and I felt like I was back to 100% and then the calf happens and it’s a tough thing to go through.”
Cruz also added that, despite the setback, he is excited for the challenge of working to come back from this injury and getting his body back to a “full 100%.”
Cruz’s 2014 season came to an early close when he tore his patellar tendon in October. Cruz then sustained an injury to his calf during 2015 training camp. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection to help heal his calf on Oct. 2 and has not played in a game this season.
Cruz signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Before tearing his patellar tendon last season, Cruz had 23 receptions for 337 yards and one touchdown over six games.
Cruz has received about $15 million for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He has three years and roughly $24 million left on his contract with the Giants, and next season he would be a $9.9 million cap hit. Cutting Cruz in March would save the Giants $6.1 million, reports Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
- Xandria James