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The knee injury to Giants WR Victor Cruz is worse than expected

victor cruzThe New York Giants lost the game this week, but the biggest blow they took happened when the fun loving Salsa dancer Victor Cruz came up in pain after dropping a touchdown pass.  Cruz looked to be in excruciating pain from the beginning and yesterday Dr. Chao said the injury was worse than expected.

“He can return to 100%, but it (his knee) is a car in a car accident,” said Dr. David Chao, a former NFL team physician. “Never brand new when fixed.”

Cruz, who ruptured his right patellar tendon on Sunday, was transferred from Jefferson Hospital in Philly on Monday to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, where he underwent surgery performed by Dr. Russell Warren. The Giants said the procedure was “successful.”

Cruz’s injury, rare among NFL skill position players, is the kind that could rob him of what makes him truly dangerous: his explosive change-of-direction ability. When he left the field on Sunday, he was unable to straighten his knee, the result of the tendon rupture that sent his kneecap traveling upwards and out of place. And while a handful of NFL players have returned from this injury, none have rediscovered their truly elite form.

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