NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, November 16, 2015, 10:28 AM
There will be no Victor Cruz comeback in 2015.
On Monday, the Giants’ injury-plagued receiver announced that he will have season-ending calf surgery. Cruz had not played a game this season.
“This hurts, because I worked so hard to come back from patellar tendon surgery,” he said in a video on Bleacher Report. “I know that God has a plan for me. I have to retool my brain, retool my body to get back to 100%, a full 100%.
“It’s a tough time for me,” Cruz added, “a tough time for my family, a tough time for all of us.”
The announcement ends a season that never really began for Cruz. There was plenty of optimism around the once-explosive receiver back in training camp, when he seemed on the fast track to a return following the torn right patellar tendon that wrecked his 2014 season.
But then came the calf injury in mid-August, and Cruz never made it back to the practice field.
“It’s out of my control,” he said. “There’s certain things that happen to my body that you can’t explain.”
It’s just as hard to explain whether the Giants will keep Cruz around next season. His salary cap hit balloons to $ 9.9 million next season, a hefty sum for a receiver who hasn’t played a down since 2014, and the Giants have a new explosive weapon in their receiving corps now in Odell Beckham Jr.
Cruz maintains hope of a return in the video, although nothing seems assured.
“I’ll see you guys next year,” he said, while nearly on the verge of tears.