New York Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz had surgery Monday to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, the team tweeted.
Cruz spent Sunday night in a Philadelphia hospital, but was transferred Monday to the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York. The surgery was successful, according to the Giants. Cruz is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Giants' quarterback Eli Manning told the Associated Press, "You just hate it happened to Victor because he loves playing this game." Manning emphasized how bad he felt for Cruz since Cruz was a "team player," and "a leader in the locker room."
Cruz injured his leg Sunday when he attempted to catch a touchdown pass during his team's 27-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He fell to the ground clutching his right knee after he landed awkwardly on his right leg. A visibly emotional Cruz was carted off the field.
This is the second year in which Cruz had his season cut short by a knee injury. His 2013 season was ended when he sprained his left knee playing against the Seattle Seahawks.
- Will Green