The smile on Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who came out to meet the media in a walking boot and on crutches, never faded.
“What’s up guys?” he said, before adding, “Don’t look so sad.”
The media’s reaction though was probably due to the surprise of seeing the Giants’ star receiver, who suffered what was announced as a bruised heel in Sunday night’s 20-12 loss against the Colts, on crutches. But that Cruz was in a positive frame of mind was certainly a good thing for the receiver, who was injured on a first quarter pass interference play.
“On the way down, the defender’s weight on top of mine landed on top of me, and I kind of landed on one single foot, so that’s probably what happened to it,” he said. “I felt it go numb immediately, and I knew something was wrong. The good thing is it’s just a heel bruise, a heel contusion, so it’s not too bad.”
Cruz said that a MRI done on his foot revealed some blood in there in the area where the swelling is. “No tear, nothing wrong with the bone,” he said. “Everything’s fine.”
So why the walking boot and the crutches?
“Just trying to get some of the swelling down and take it from there,” Cruz said. “Basically, (the crutches) are kind of getting my lats strong. I kind of hate the crutches, but I have to listen to the docs and keep my weight off it, so it’s good.”
Cruz said that there is no timetable for his return, noting that he was told that he was ‘day-to-day.” But he is hoping that he won’t need the crutches too much longer.
To speed up the process, Cruz said he’s been getting iced down, having the foot massaged, and has been on anti-inflammatories to help reduce the swelling, all things he hopes will ultimately lead to an expedited recovery.
“They haven’t told me yet,” he said of when he might be able to come out of the walking boot and leave the crutches behind. “(We’re) just gauging it, coming in getting treatment on it, and just seeing how it goes. Obviously, the stronger it gets, the better I feel.”
He’s also not worried about any lingering effects of this injury.
“Once the swelling goes down, I think I’ll be okay,” he said. “I just want to be smart (and) make sure all the swelling is gone. But I don’t see it lingering. I don’t think it’s anything long-term.”
While Cruz would rather not miss the preseason games, he doesn’t think that taking that course will affect him all that much for opening day against the Cowboys.
“Obviously I’m a guy that loves to practice, loves to be out there,” he said, adding that he wasn’t sure if he’d play in the rest of the preseason games.
“At this point, it’s all about just getting better. I think I have a firm understanding of the offense, and me and (quarterback) Eli (Manning) have an understanding of how he likes to hit me and things we do out there on the field. So I’m not too concerned about it.”
Instead, he’s focused on the positives, such as the fact that he’s already feeling better, and that the injury happened at a time when the games don’t matter.
“Just a short setback,” he said. “You never want to have (an injury), but if there’s a time to have one it’s now. So it’s not bad.”
Regardless of what happens the rest of preseason, Cruz said he’s optimistic that he’ll be able to at least be on the practice field when the Giants begin preparing for their regular season opener.
“Hopefully, I can be back before then. But I do see myself, envision myself out here on the practice field, getting ready for that Cowboys game, getting ready to go down to Texas to play those guys. That’s what I do envision.”