New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz hasn't played in a game since October 2014 and now he won't be available until at least 2016 due to a calf injury that will require surgery to repair. The receiver announced the season-ending surgery in an UNINTERRUPTED video on Monday morning.
"I just got news that I will be having season-ending surgery on my left calf," Cruz told UNINTERRUPTED, via Bleacher Report. "This hurts mainly because I worked so hard to come back from the patella tendon surgery and I fought hard, day in and day out ... I felt like I was back to 100 percent and the calf stuff happened. It's a tough thing to go through."
Cruz, 29, missed just two games in the three seasons prior to 2014, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2012. After dealing with heel and knee injuries in 2013, Cruz missed 10 games in 2014 after tearing his patella tendon. With a calf surgery piled on top of a mounting list of injuries in his past, there are questions if Cruz will ever look the same even if he does return for the Giants.
Since suffering his season-ending injury in 2014, Odell Beckham Jr. has emerged as one of the NFL's star wide receivers. But in two seasons, he and Cruz have been on the field together for only two games.
After making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Cruz broke out with 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011 before adding another 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012. It was enough to earn him a six-year, $45.9 million contract from the Giants prior to the 2013 season.