On Monday, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz announced on Bleacher Report’s UNIINTERRUPTED site that he will undergo surgery on his injured calf.
Cruz, 29, was rehabbing from a torn patellar tendon that he suffered in Week 6 of 2014 and was originally targeting this year’s season opener to make his 2015 debut.
Things didn’t go as planned.
Cruz suffered a calf injury in training camp, which kept him sidelined for all nine games this season.
Prior to the Giants Week 4 contest against the Bills, Cruz attempted a comeback, but he reinjured his calf in practice and was forced back to the trainer's room.
Big Blue’s wide receiver shared his thoughts on the rehab process and why things didn’t fall in his favor.
"This hurts, mainly because I worked so hard to come back from my patellar tendon surgery," Cruz said via the video posted to Bleacher Report’s UNINTTERUPTED site. "There are certain things that happen to your body that you just can't explain."
Prior to Monday’s announcement, Cruz maintained hope that he could return in time for the Giants Week 12 matchup with the Redskins, but after consulting with doctors it was determined surgery was his best course of action.
The injured playmaker admitted that the rehab process has been as much a mental hurdle as it’s been physical.
"I know that I have to retool my brain and my body to get back to 100 percent and come back the other end firing," Cruz noted. "This is a tough time for me, a tough time for my family, a tough time for all of us, because we were so excited about coming back and being a part of something special this year. But unfortunately, I couldn't do that due to my calf injury.
"I hope you guys don't lose faith in me, because I haven't lost faith in myself."