<
>

Victor Cruz has PRP injection in latest effort to treat calf injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Searching for anything that will help him get over his left calf injury and back on the field, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in an effort to help speed the leg's healing process.

"Hopefully it's able to make me feel better, one, and maybe advance the recovery process," Cruz said Friday. "Basically, the doctors told me it wouldn't hurt my chances."

Cruz said the plan was to take the weekend (he won't travel with the team to Buffalo) and return to the Giants facility Monday to speak with team doctors and assess the plan for his rehab going forward. He has not played since Week 6 of last season, when he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. He has not practiced since Aug. 17, when he pulled his left calf muscle.

As recently as Wednesday, Cruz believed he would play in this week's game. His calf was feeling better Monday to the point that he was able to run some routes on the side during the Giants' abbreviated practice, and he showed up Wednesday morning intending to practice with the team. But he felt something in his calf during individual drills and shut it down.

"It felt good, but then when I went to burst or explode I felt it again," Cruz said. "That was the first time I really opened it up, and I felt it." Cruz had another MRI on his calf following the latest setback, but he said the results were encouraging and that the damage isn't as bad as it was the first time.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said there's no consideration at this point regarding putting Cruz on injured reserve.

"I haven't lost faith," Cruz said. "I know my time is going to come. When that time is is up in the air, but I know it will come. Hopefully this is the last setback."