New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has had a rough season and things aren't going to get any easier against the Lions this week. Manning will be without leading receiver Victor Cruz, who underwent a knee procedure on Thursday. Cruz has officially been ruled out of Sunday's game in Detroit.
Cruz was injured in the third quarter of the Giants 23-0 loss to the Seahawks. After going up for a catch, Cruz was slammed to the ground by Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane. Not only did Cruz injure his knee on the play, but he also suffered a concussion. As far as the concussion goes, Cruz was given the all clear on Wednesday.
The procedure on Cruz's knee was performed in Florida by Dr. James Andrews.
The game against the Lions will mark the first time since his rookie year in 2010 that Cruz hasn't suited up for the Giants. Cruz has played in 46-consecutive games in that span, the fifth-longest streak on the team.
Although the Giants haven't officially ruled Cruz out for the season finale, he's not likely to play. That means Cruz will finish 2013 as the Giants leading receiver with 998 receiving yards, just two yards shy of what would have been his third-straight 1000-yard season.
With Cruz out, wide receiver Reuben Randle is expected to start in his place against the Lions .