The Bears released Cruz (knee) on Saturday. Upholding the perceived expectation, Cruz was cut loose by the Bears, despite an affirmation from the wide receiver that he was handed a "clean bill of health" after an MRI, per Josina Anderson of ESPN. Because he didn't find a home until May 25 and the Bears have a critical need for depth at wide receiver, Cruz may not get another chance in the league as he enters what would have been his age-31 season.
On Saturday, Cruz (knee) told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he received a "clean bill of health" after a recent MRI. Cruz was believed to be a candidate for release or placement on injured reserve due to a knee injury, which he sustained in the Bears' preseason finale. While his health may not be a question mark in the wideout's mind, his cluttered medical chart would suggest otherwise and may play a significant role in the team's decision-making process. On the other hand, losing Cameron Meredith (knee) for the season weakens the receiving corps, meaning Cruz could still be considered for a roster spot.
The Bears are expected to either release Cruz (knee) or place him on injured reserve in the near future, contingent upon the results of an MRI, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Apparently, the Bears will jettison Cruz if his MRI comes up clear. If not, he'll be placed on IR and likely receive an injury settlement from the team. Due to the loss of Cameron Meredith (knee) for the season, Cruz had a prime chance to make an impression on the coaching staff, but management will instead roll with Kevin White and a cast of misfits to round out the receiving corps.
Cruz suffered a knee injury and is questionable to return to Thursday's preseason game against the Browns, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago reports. Cruz was able to walk off the field under his own power, so he may be fully recovered from the injury by the time the regular season arrives. Look for coach John Fox to provide an update on Cruz's condition after the game.
Cruz caught one pass for eight yards while being targeted twice in Sunday's victory over the Titans. Cruz made his lone reception in the two-minute drill while lining up in the slot. However, his most notable play was when he dropped a perfect pass from Mitch Trubisky on a third down in the fourth quarter. He'll be in a battle to earn a roster spot, and it's possible that the injury to Cameron Meredith improves his odds a bit. Regardless, he hasn't looked like the playmaker we knew from his days with the Giants.
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