Eli Manning will not have his favorite slot receiver back this season.
The Giants quarterback received the news about Victor Cruz's season-ending injury through word of mouth, and said the prognosis was difficult to swallow considering how hard Cruz worked to try and return.
"It's unfortunate. I know it is tough on him and he worked so hard to come back from the knee injury last year and was excited coming out and playing and was looking good in training camp and to have this nagging calf injury, so I know it has been tough on him," Manning said. "I think our receivers have been doing some good things. Dwayne (Harris) has been playing well in the slot, so we have to worry about the guys we have here and playing at a higher level to win games."
Manning was taken back a bit to find out that Cruz's calf injury would cause him his season.
Cruz was returning from a torn patellar injury in the offseason before a calf injury set him back in August. That same calf injury led to multiple PRP injections, which were thought to help Cruz return back to the lineup soon.
Instead, both Manning and Cruz were blindsided when the injury was declared season ending.
"I did not think that was the case," Manning said. "It seemed like there was a deal that it would be a few weeks and come back - just a calf strain, but I guess just kept reinjuring it and I just feel for him more than anything just because I know he wants to be out there playing and I know it has been frustrating to have this nagging him and now getting to this point."