Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News (among others) reports that Cruz placement on “major” injured reserved – for injuries likely to take longer than 6 weeks to recover from – is being questioned, because Cruz initially injury wasn’t reported to be that serious.
The Giants have not offered details on Cruz’s hamstring injury, but he described it as a strain that happened last Monday. Late in the week he said he was feeling much better and expected to be back at practice next week.
Asked if the Giants violated the IR rule, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said only “We are not answering that question today.”
Boy that is one cryptic comment from the NFL spokesman. Making matters worse, the anecdotal evidence doesn’t seem to line up in the Giants favor. In fact, our initial reaction to Cruz’ placement on injured reserve was a shoulder shrug: it seemed to have as much to do with the injured hammy as it did with Cruz being buried on the depth chart and not playing special teams.
Big Blue might not be able to wriggle off the hook here, unless they show the NFL Aaron Ross’ hamstring MRI from last year. That said, I’m not really sure what the penalty is for this type of thing. Perhaps Cruz becomes a free agent when he’s healthy, after all?NFL, Victor Cruz
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