EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants had a big win Sunday, but it could prove to be a costly one, too.
The Giants lost two key starters during their 28-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles: wide receiver Victor Cruz to a sprained ankle and guard Justin Pugh to a sprained knee. And the Giants were sweating out further testing on both of them in the hopes that neither while be sidelined for a while.
The Giants seemed most optimistic that Cruz's injury was relatively minor, a team source told SNY on Sunday night, but they weren't nearly as sure about Pugh. X-rays on Cruz's ankle came back negative and the belief was he only suffered a non-serious sprain, according to a source. (NorthJersey.com reported Cruz suffered a low ankle sprain.) He is scheduled to undergo an MRI and further tests on Monday.
Cruz left shortly after a 46-yard catch along the sidelines in the second quarter that helped set up a Giants touchdown. His return was first said to be "probably," but was quickly downgraded to "questionable" and then "out."
He wasn't wearing a protective boot around his ankle in a postgame video posted by the team.
"I'm sure he will be playing on Monday (against the Cincinnati Bengals) unless it was a high ankle sprain or something like that," teammate Odell Beckham Jr. said. "… This isn't going to be something that will hold him back. It's just temporary."
As for Pugh, he left in the second quarter when a teammate appeared to roll onto the back of his left leg. He left the field under his own power, but very gingerly and with a pronounced limp. He is scheduled to undergo further testing, and an MRI is scheduled to take place Sunday night, according to ProFootballTalk.
Pugh was replaced at left guard by backup guard/center Brett Jones. Cruz was replaced by a combination of rookie Roger Lewis and veteran Dwayne Harris.