Given New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz did not see the practice field on either Wens-day or Thursday, his chances of playing in Week 16 were pretty slim.
Now they’re none after the Giants decided to officially rule Cruz out for their matchup against the Detroit Lions.
Cruz has been dealing with not only a concussion, which he suffered against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15 but also a knee injury which doesn’t appear to be healing very well. That resulted in Cruz getting a second opinion on his injury which could possibly keep him out of the Giants’ Week 17 game as well, which would end his season prematurely.
With nothing to play for outside of ending the season on a high note, there’s little reason for the Giants to rush Cruz back and risk further injury. That’s assuming he would be medically cleared, which at this point looks relatively questionable.
If Cruz does miss Week 17, he’ll finish the 2013 season with 73 catches good for 998 and four touchdowns – a hefty drop from the combined 19 scores Cruz hauled in during the previous two seasons combined.