How delicious would this story line be? New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, sidelined since suffering a gruesome torn patellar tendon Week 6 of last season at Lincoln Financial Field vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, is hoping to make his long-delayed return on that same field when the Giants face the Eagles Week 6 on Monday Night Football.
Cruz's return from the knee injury has been set back by an August 17 calf injury that has yet to completely heal. After trying to practice last week Cruz was shut down and had a PRP injection to aid the healing. He can't test the leg until 10 days after the injection, which would be this coming Monday.
"Ten days before I can have another conversation with the doctors about accelerating to the next level. So we'll see how it goes, obviously," Cruz said. "They don't want me to do anything strenuous with the calf for 10 days, let the PRP shot settle in and work its magic, and go from there."
If all goes well and Cruz is able to practice next week, he could make his first appearance since the initial injury in the same place where his year-long odyssey began.
"The irony is definitely setting in," Cruz said.
Irony or not, at this point Cruz will take the opportunity to get on the field whenever he can get it.
"Every game is in my sights, to be honest. Every week I'm trying to gauge it and see how it feels and kind of take steps and wake up in the morning and do the old calf raise test in bed and stuff like that. We'll see how it goes," Cruz said.
"I'm thoroughly convinced at some point throughout this year I'll be on that field playing at a high level and making some plays to help my team win."
The Giants, it appears, will continue to wait and hope that Cruz is right.