Following his first practice since suffering a lingering calf injury in training camp, Victor Cruz found himself in a familiar place; the trainer’s room.
Cruz was limited to individual drills on Wednesday and was adamant with reporters earlier in the week that he planned to plan on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Cruz reportedly pulled up lame after running a route and was encouraged by teammates to head for the sidelines and meet with trainers.
New York’s slot receiver wasn’t available for interviews during the locker room session that was open to the media, but fellow pass-catcher Rueben Randle didn’t sugarcoat his thoughts about the unfortunate setback.
“It sucks, to say the least,” deadpanned Randle. “We don’t have much time to dwell on it. We’ve got to prepare for Sunday. Our focus is trying to do well on the field. We tried to get with him now, I haven’t talked to him since to see how he feels. Just wish him the best.”
The Giants travel up to Buffalo in Week 4, and the last time Cruz faced a Rex Ryan coached team, it created a memorable moment in New York sports history. The Jets suffered a crushing Week 16 loss to the Giants back in 2011 that sent Gang Green home for the winter and propelled Big Blue to a Super Bowl championship.
Ryan wasn’t quick to forget that painful loss and a play that Cruz made that still sticks in his craw.
“Oh there’s no question it sticks with you because if we would have won that game we would have made it in the playoffs and the Giants would have probably been out,” admitted Ryan. “Actually no probably about it, they would have been out. You remember that day, it was Christmas Eve, and we were complete control of that game and then on 3rd-and-10 they hit a 99-yard touchdown pass into double coverage. Here’s the thing that’s amazing. Eli in that game I think was 8-of-27 passing, not that I remember It, for 225 yards passing and 99 on the one play. If you could point to one play that maybe turned not just a game around, but maybe a season around, that was that play. Because the Giants came out a totally different team at halftime and they carried it throughout the rest of the regular season and the postseason. They won a Super Bowl, so obviously it changed their fortune that season and it certainly changed ours with that play and that loss.”
Cruz’s status for Sunday remains murky, but Ryan won’t lose any sleep if the Giants wideout misses another week.