Print and Go Back ESPN.com: New York Giants [Print without images]

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Cruz OK after injury scare

By Mike Mazzeo

PHILADELPHIA -- Victor Cruz avoided what could have been a serious injury in the New York Giants’ 15-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Cruz hurt his neck after making a 6-yard reception in the third quarter. He went to the locker room for X-rays, which were negative.

Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz gets sandwiched by Bradley Fletcher and Nate Allen.
“It was a little scary,” said Cruz, who ultimately returned to the game, finishing with seven receptions for a team-high 86 yards. “Obviously, any time you get hurt and feel a little pain it’s scary, but through the grace of God I was good.”

Cruz was slammed to the ground by Eagles defensive backs Bradley Fletcher and Nate Allen after making the catch. He stayed down for a while as he was attended to by the Giants' medical staff, but eventually got up and jogged off the field.

“It was sore, and it felt awkward for me to turn my neck,” Cruz said. “I ended up catching a stinger a little bit.”

Cruz was glad he was able to recover and help his team win its second game in a row after an 0-6 start.

“This team is full of resilient guys, and we fight tooth and nail for our team, no matter who it is, and that’s what we exemplify each and every week,” Cruz said. “It was just my hunger to finish the game and be out there on the field with my teammates to get this victory and help them as much as I can.”

Cruz didn’t care that the Giants committed 11 penalties and had to settle for five field goals. He only cared about the final result.

“As long as it’s a W in the win-loss column, it doesn’t matter how you do it when you’re stringing them together,” he said. “We’ve got to keep taking it one game at a time.”

Two years ago, Cruz had his first huge game as a pro in Philadelphia, racking up 110 receiving yards and two touchdowns. But, when asked if he enjoys playing at Lincoln Financial Field, Cruz simply responded, “No.”