- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- What were you looking for in Sunday night's preseason game if you're a New York Giants fan? Not much more than "everybody comes out of it healthy."
Well, I have some potentially bad news.
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz left the game after the Giants' first offensive possession. The team announced that he'd gone to the locker room to have an X-ray on his foot. That's all we have at this point, but I promise I will keep you posted as best I can.
Obviously, it goes without saying that a Cruz injury would be a crushing blow to the Giants' offense. Cruz has led the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdown catches each of the past two seasons and has been one of the most productive receivers in the league in that time. His ability to create and win mismatches in the slot against linebackers and safeties has been a key component of the passing offense. Even with No. 1 wide receiver Hakeem Nicks healthy and second-year wideout Rueben Randle showing improvement, Cruz would be difficult to replace. As if to prove this, his replacement, Kevin Hardy, dropped a third-down pass from Eli Manning on the second drive of the game. Louis Murphy also would be a candidate to replace Cruz in the slot, though he obviously doesn't have the same kind of chemistry with Manning.
Also injured on the Giants' first drive was center David Baas, who the team said was having an X-ray on his knee.
UPDATE: The Giants announced that X-rays on both players were negative, that Baas had a sprained knee and that Cruz had a bruised heel. That sounds like the best possible news on Cruz, though obviously it bears watching in the coming days since it's a foot injury to a speedy wide receiver. Cruz returned to the sideline in shorts and a T-shirt but with no crutches or any sort of wrap or cast on his foot, which is also good news.