Sunday, August 25, 2013

Giants Victor Cruz Recovering From Bone Bruise

The New York Giants thought this was going to be a bigger deal than it ended up being. 
Star receiver Victor Cruz left last Sunday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts with a foot injury suffered on the team's first drive. 
Cruz was injured after getting tangled up with Colts defensive backs Antoine Bethea and Greg Toler. Bethea was called for a pass interference on the play, which resulted in a Giants 39-yard gain. Cruz stayed in the game for several more plays before leaving the field. He left MetLife Stadium before the locker rooms opened to reporters. 
As Cruz headed to the locker room to get X-rays taken on his foot Andrew Luck and the Colts scored 17 consecutive points. The Giants never recovered from the deficit, losing the game 20-12. 
The good news however was that the Pro Bowl receiver, who signed a six-year $46 million contract before training camp had suffered a bone bruise on his heel. 
"He jammed his heel and is sore so that's all I know," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin. "He runs to make his living and he's obviously got an issue with the heel. Hopefully it's not going to be a long thing." 
Coughlin said the team's medical staff would continue to do some testing and he could not tell at that point whether he would play in yesterday's game. 
 "He felt fine," receiver Hakeem Nicks said after the game. "I don't really know what the details of the injury was but he said he was fine. I really don't think it's that serious. I think they just played it safe by holding him out."
Bone bruises, while less serious than other injuries, can be a nuisance. Depending on the severity of the bruise, it can sometimes be worse than actually breaking a bone, which can be reset. Bone bruises are damage and injury to the soft tissue, ligaments, and tendons, as well as the bone. Little can be done for bone bruises except icing and rest. The pain from a bone bruise can be felt for months after the initial injury. So while the Giants are right to not be overly concerned about the injury, they should be worried about the quality of his running. 
Reference: USA Today
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