Cruz was cleared medically after his recent concussion, but he underwent an arthroscopic debridement of his knee in Florida. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Cruz's knee procedure "is minor enough that it won't affect his preparation for the 2014 season."
Cruz was wise to sign his six-year, $45.879 million contract before the season started. His numbers (998 receiving yards, four touchdowns) weren't terrible this year, but he wasn't a consistent threat for the Giants post-September. After a fast start, Cruz only had one 100-yard game since Week 4. He was held to 50 yards or less in half of his games, and he often struggled to get separation late in the season. Perhaps the knee was an issue for longer than we knew.
Here are the other injury stories from Thursday you need to know:
- Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan announced Thursday that tight end Jordan Reed will miss the rest of the season due to the lingering effects of a concussion. Reed finishes with 499 yards in only nine games, and he proved to be an offensive-foundation piece the Redskins can build around. He has a chance to be one of the better pass-catching tight ends in the league.
- Adrian Peterson was held out of Minnesota Vikings practice Thursday in order to get treatment on his injured foot, according to coach Leslie Frazier. "Based on what we saw (Wednesday), we should be fine. Unless something comes up that I don't foresee, he should be ready to go," Frazier said Thursday, via Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.