Victor Cruz leaves with concussion

Updated: December 15, 2013, 7:52 PM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz suffered a concussion and a sprained knee in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-0 loss to Seattle and did not return.

[+] EnlargeVictor Cruz
AP Photo/Kathy WillensThe Giants' Victor Cruz suffered a concussion and a sprained knee in the third quarter Sunday.

With the Giants trailing 16-0 late in the third quarter, Cruz went up to grab a high pass from quarterback Eli Manning and landed on his head. He did not get up right away and walked gingerly back to the sideline before heading to the locker room for further evaluation.

The pass was originally ruled a 16-yard completion, but Seattle challenged the play and it was overturned. Cruz finished with two catches for 25 yards.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not have an update on Cruz after the game. With just two games left in the season and the Giants out of playoff contention, there's a possibility Cruz might have played his final snap of the season. He'll have to go through the concussion protocol.

"I haven't been into the medical room. I haven't looked at that play, but the kid went up and made a heck of an effort and came down on the side of his helmet," Coughlin said. "I know he came down on the side of his head, so we'll see."

In what's been an abysmal season on offense for the Giants, Cruz has been the team's steadiest performer. He has 73 catches for 998 yards and four touchdowns. If Cruz has to miss the last two games, he'd finish 2 yards short of his third straight 1,000-yard season.

Running back Peyton Hillis also suffered a concussion after catching a 14-yard pass early in the fourth quarter with the Giants trailing 23-0. Hillis finished with three rushes for 8 yards, and also caught two passes for 24 yards.

Giants left guard James Brewer suffered an ankle injury and was replaced by Brandon Mosley. Brewer doesn't believe his injury will sideline him moving forward, and said he did not go for an X-ray or an MRI during or immediately following the game.

"I don't know. Kind of aggravated it a little bit," Brewer said. "I don't think it's nothing too serious."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.


EDITORS' PICKS

  • Time's Up?
    Carmelo Anthony is done for the season with a small tear in his labrum.
  • Glory In Defeat
    Brooklyn, the true winner in this town, shouldn't hang its head after Tuesday's loss.
  • Manhattan Transfer
    Lamar Odom could be coming home to NYC. Good move for the Knicks?
  • Taking A Nieuw Approach
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis is happy to have assimilated so quickly back into the Mets fold.
  • So Long, Cervy
    We won't see Francisco Cervelli back with the Yanks until at least June.

ALSO SEE

MORE NFL HEADLINES