Monday, December 16, 2013
Giants injury report: No news on Cruz
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday afternoon that he had no new information on the injury status of wide receiver Victor Cruz, who left Sunday's game with a concussion and a knee sprain. While that's tough to believe, the Giants have their own way of doing business, and any injury update on Cruz likely has to wait until Wednesday.
Cruz's status for Sunday's game in Detroit and the season finale a week later at home against the Washington Redskins is, to some degree, out of the Giants' hands. Since he has a concussion, he'll have to go through the league-mandated concussion protocol before being cleared to play by independent doctors. We've seen a wide array of recovery times on this around the league. It's possible he'll be cleared to play Sunday. It's possible he won't be cleared until the following week. It's possible he won't be cleared in time to play again this season. The Giants can only wait and see.
The knee sprain, however, is another matter. If Cruz were cleared by the concussion protocol, the extent of the knee problem would be something the Giants and their team doctors would have to evaluate before deciding whether to allow him to practice and/or play. With two games left and no hope of finishing .500, let alone making the playoffs, it's possible the Giants could decide to shut Cruz down for the rest of the season if his knee is at all in question. Cruz has 998 receiving yards, leaving him just two short of cracking the 1,000-yard mark for the third year in a row.
Running back Peyton Hillis also left Sunday's game with a concussion, and Coughlin also said he had no update on him. Likewise guard James Brewer, who left with an ankle injury that he indicated wasn't too serious. Given the way Brewer has played since being elevated to a starting guard spot, it's possible they could take a look at Brandon Mosley at left guard in the final two games even if Brewer is healthy.
Also no news Monday on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury and appears unlikely to play again this season.