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The Skinny: New York Giants WR Victor Cruz suffered two injuries this past Sunday: a knee sprain and a concussion. The concussion caused him to leave the game for good, putting the rest of his 2013 season in jeopardy. According to the New York Daily News, the Giants activated WR Julian Talley from the practice squad, leading to speculation that this move will allow the Giants to put Cruz on season-ending IR. Nothing official has been done quite yet, but many are speculating that this move could occur this week.
The Injuries: Tough break for an overall frustrating season for Cruz and the Giants. The sprained knee is one thing, but dealing with a concussion and going through that protocol while also rehabbing a knee injury could prove to be challenging, as it’ll be tough for him to put in vigorous workouts to test his concussion-symptoms if he isn’t 100% in regards to his knee. So this double whammy and the going-nowhere nature of the Giants’ season could lead to them just cutting their losses and not risking their star WR’s long term future.
The Prognosis: By no means are both injuries season-ending in nature, but combining two mild injuries like this in a lost season doesn’t give the Giants any urgency to rush him back to the field. Cruz is signed to a freshly-inked long term deal, which should indicate that the Giants will err on the side of caution and just rest their best offensive player. This could be a welcome sign for Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle owners heading into fantasy championship week. It’s very difficult to trust any of these trio of WRs at this important juncture of the season, but we’ll still monitor Cruz’s week of practice to see if he has a chance of playing this week.
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