When New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz headed to the locker room for X-Rays during the first quarter of Sunday’s preseason contest, many fans feared the worst. Fortunately Cruz’s X-rays were negative as he was diagnosed with a heel bruise, but he was held out of the remainder of New York’s second preseason game. Big Blue’s star wideout talked about how the injury occurred against the Indianapolis Colts.
"On the way down, the defender’s weight on top of mine landed on (me), I kind of planted on one single foot, so that’s probably what happened to it,” said Cruz about the injury. “I felt it go numb immediately, I knew something was wrong. Good thing it’s just a heel bruise, a heel contusion. It’s not too bad.”
On Tuesday Cruz addressed reporters on crutches and in a boot to help keep weight off his injured foot and speed up the recovery process.
“Hopefully not too much longer, but they haven’t told me yet,” mentioned Cruz of when he’ll be off the crutches. “ They’re just gauging it, coming in getting treatment on it and seeing how it goes. Obviously the more the swelling goes down, the better I feel, the less time on those crutches.”
With Eli Manning’s top receiving target hobbled by injury, backup Kevin Hardy will likely see increased playing time during the preseason. Despite the setback, Cruz doesn’t anticipate missing significant time.
“They’re just saying day to day right now,” said Cruz. “ Coach Coughlin and the doctors had a conversation and told me just take it day by day, see how the swelling goes and we’ll take it from there.”
The Giants play their third preseason contest against the New York Jets on Sunday and have just over two weeks before the start of the regular season. Cruz expects to be back on the practice field soon and gearing up for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I hope so,” said Cruz of getting prepared for Week 1. “Hopefully I can be back before then, but I do envision myself out here on the practice field, getting ready for that Cowboys game and getting ready to go down to Texas to play those guys.”