New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has today revealed that his hopes of playing in the 2015 NFL season are over.
Cruz, speaking in a self-filmed video uploaded as part of the 'Uninterrupted' Bleacher Report series, broke the news that he is set to undergo season-ending surgery on the calf issue that has kept him off the field all year.
The news is a huge blow for the 29-year-old who, after tearing his patellar tendon in week six of the 2014 season, had been hoping to play a role for the Giants down. Scroll down to see Cruz's video.
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"This hurts, mainly because I worked so hard to come back from my patellar tendon surgery," Cruz said in the candid video. "...There are certain things that happen to your body that you just can't explain."
Today's update is the latest in a long line of setbacks for the receiver who has endured several false dawns in 2015.
Indeed, before the season began, there were suggestions Cruz could be back for the Giants' opener. Instead, after tearing a calf muscle in his left knee back in training camp, the veteran has failed to be active for a single game this season.
And now he is facing up to yet more surgery, and another extensive period of injury rehabilitation.
What the latest surgery means for Cruz's Giants future is unclear. After this season, he still has three years left on a $43 million, five-year contract but there is no more guaranteed money in the deal.
Giants fans: Do you still need Victor Cruz or is it time to move on? Have your say in the comments below...
In five years in New York, Cruz has 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.