Victor Cruz has knee scoped, ruled out for Week 16

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There’s been a lot of talk around the Giants this week that wide receiver Victor Cruz may not play again this season because of the concussion and knee sprain he suffered in last Sunday’s 23-0 loss at the hands of the Seahawks.

He’s halfway to turning that chatter into fact. When coach Tom Coughlin met with the media after practice on Thursday, he hinted that an announcement about Cruz’s status would be coming and that came when the team released their injury report for the day.

Cruz has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Lions and the Giants announced a short time later that the wideout had an “arthroscopic debridement” on his knee performed by Dr. James Andrews. There wasn’t official word on his Week 17 status, but it’s safe to assume we’ll next see Cruz in 2014.

That would leave him with 73 catches for 998 yards on the season, which is just shy of a third straight 1,000-yard season that he seemed to get when he was ruled to have caught a 16-yard pass on the play that ended with his concussion.

After a challenge by coach Pete Carroll, though, it was ruled an incomplete pass and Cruz may have to be content with falling two yards short of that nice round number. Rueben Randle will move into the starting lineup against the Lions with Cruz out.