New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz announced in a video on Bleacher Report on Monday morning that he will undergo season-ending surgery on his left calf. Cruz, originally trying to come back from a torn patellar tendon, suffered the calf injury during training camp. He never played a snap for the Giants this season.
"This hurts," a somber Cruz said in the video. "I worked so hard to come back from the patellar tendon surgery.
Cruz said that injuring the calf after feeling fully recovered from the knee injury was "a tough thing to go through physically, emotionally."
"It's a tough time for me, a tough time for my family, a tough time for all of us.''
Cruz is the second Giants player to end up needing calf surgery this year. Safety Nat Berhe landed on IR with a preseason calf injury.
"It's out of my control," Cruz said. "There's certain things that happen to your body that you can't explain."
Cruz has three years and $23.7 million in base salary left on his five-year $43 million contract. His cap hit next season is $9.9 million. Per Spotrac, the Giants could save $6.1 million against the cap by cutting him.
[UPDATE: 12:55 p.m. ET: Here is some additional info on why Cruz ended up needing surgery.]
Victor Cruz was running this past Saturday, same drills he's been doing, pulled up again when calf gave out on him, again. Thus, surgery.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) November 16, 2015
The Giants say Cruz has a small tear in something called the medial gastroc, which necessitated surgery.