The scoreline wasn’t the only hardship the New York Giants had to suffer through last night, as it also appears that star wide receiver Victor Cruz is done for the season. Cruz left the game in the third quarter after tearing a patella tendon in his right knee, and was seen sobbing as he was carted off the field.
Although Cruz hasn’t played as well in the first six weeks of the season as he has in previous years, his loss will be a big blow to New York as they look to bounce back from a 27-0 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
Down 20-0 at halftime, the Giants elected to try for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the Eagles’ three-yard line.
Cruz got open in the back-right corner of the end zone and saw the ball come his way. But at he leaped to catch it, Cruz’s leg appeared to twist. He immediately reached for his right knee whilst still in mid-air. The pass fell incomplete, and the wide receiver fell to the ground grimacing in obvious pain.
Cruz’s fantasy owners may now be forced to look in the direction of rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who may well be thrust into a starting role for the Giants for their Week 7 matchup on the road in Dallas.
Beckham, the Giants’ first-round selection in this year’s draft, had four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in his debut against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5, and followed that up with two catches for 28 yards against the Eagles. He did create enough separation to warrant a better stat line, but the ineptitude of Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants’ offense meant that his play was wasted.
There may be other options on waivers to replace Cruz, but Beckham should be a direct substitution for a player who has only had two notable fantasy outings this season.