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New York Giants’ Victor Cruz May, Too, Land on Season-Ending IR with Concussion

December 18th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Dan Benton

In total, the New York Giants currently have 11 players listed on Injured Reserve (IR). That list, of course, does not account for players like running back Andre Brown, who started the season on short-term IR, or players like wide receiver Ramses Barden and linebacker Dan Connor, who were placed on IR but later waived/released.

'Victor Cruz makes the catch' photo (c) 2011, Kathy Vitulano - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The Giants reached the current 11-man mark on Tuesday when they finally decided it was time to shut down cornerback Corey Webster, who had been dealing with lingering ankle and groin injuries. However, that list may soon swell to at least 12 men with wide receiver Victor Cruz facing a possible season-ending IR designation of his own.

In Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Cruz suffered both a concussion and knee sprain in the third quarter. He was, obviously, removed from the game and would not return. And, thus far, there's been no indication whatsoever that he will return in 2013; whereas, the addition of wide receiver Julian Talley would seem to indicate the season is over for Cruz.

Should Cruz miss the final two games of the season, he will finish with 998 receiving yards — his lowest total since he burst onto the scene in 2011, and the first time in his NFL career he's failed to eclipse 1,000 yards. He would also finish the season with only four touchdowns — another career low — after being held scoreless in each of his last 10 games.

Needless to say, this was not the season Cruz envision after signing a five-year, $43 million deal with the Giants this offseason.

Prior to the IR designations of both running back Brandon Jacobs and the aforementioned Corey Webster, the Giants were near the top of the league in money on IR. Also not including Dan Connor and Ramses Barden, the Giants had $19.7 million on the books resting on season-ending IR. With the addition or Jacobs and Webster, that numbers increases to approximately $25.6 million. And, should Cruz also land on IR, that number would increase to approximately $28.12 million — good for second in the NFL behind only the St. Louis Rams ($28.8 million).

Note: Tight end Michael Palmer was also waived off of IR, while offensive linemen Chris DeGeare and Selvish Capers, cornerbacks Antonio Dennard and Laron Scott, running back Da'Rel Scott and wide receivers Kris Adams and Keith Carlos were all waived/injured.

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Tags: Andre Brown, Brandon Jacobs, Corey Webster, Dan Connor, Football, Julian Talley, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz

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6 Responses to “New York Giants’ Victor Cruz May, Too, Land on Season-Ending IR with Concussion”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Haven’t been posting because of work and travel but in regard to this it would not only be crazy NOT to IR Cruz, but crazy not to allow a viewing of Jernigan in the slot, where he made a few plays of late. I still suspect the kid can be useful and has simply been buried behind a superb starter.

    •  Krow says:

      This …

    •  JimStoll says:

      I agree. IR Cruz. IR JPP while they’re at it. He is hurt enough that there is no sense subjecting his body to further punishment this season.

      But wow, Eli is really going to have himself a challenge these last 2 weeks, especially Sunday. No O-Line, no running game, no WRs.
      Eli is going to have to take the snap, and either run the ball himself, or lob little short passes over on rushing linemen, dodge them and then run under the ball and catch it himself before the LBs or CBs get there.

  2.  Krow says:

    Repost…

    We had a hell of a run. Every franchise in the NFL would trade their next 7 years for our past 7. Two Superbowls. That’s amazing. What an era. But like all good things it’s come to an end. Now we have to move forward and build towards another one.

    We are woefully short on talent. There’s no magic answer except to go out and get more of it. Until we do we’re not going to be seriously in the playoff picture. It won’t matter who coaches … or what schemes we run. We need an infusion of talent. A big one. It’s not one or two guys. It’s a dozen. And it’s going to take time.

    •  JimStoll says:

      without getting into another debate about the coughlin era, what we all can agree on now is that the team needs a lot of talent infused
      my question is that looking back over JR’s body of work, does everyone feel comfortable that he is the guy to do the job

      he got A+ marks for the ’07 draft on the strength that virtually everyone contributed to that run, even though almost none of those players ended up with a lengthy or productive career
      since then, outside of the No. 1′s, and the occasional No 2′s, his body of work has been increasingly less impressive

      is that bad luck (i.e., injuries), roll of the dice, or lack of acumen?

      moreover, this is at least the second time in his 8 years that he has allowed a unit to wither and die without any decent depth — Safety in ’09/O-Line now

      •  Kettles78 says:

        I think he has made some good moves, picks but his Oline and Oline depth choices have been questionable at best. Pugh worked out for the most part this year but the interior of the line has been terrible.

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