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Injury might rob Victor Cruz of milestone

Victor Cruz is helped off the field during

Victor Cruz is helped off the field during the third quarter of a game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 15, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Adding injury to insult, the Giants' Victor Cruz left Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Seahawks in the third quarter after he appeared to catch a high pass from Eli Manning and was driven into the turf by Jeremy Lane.

Cruz suffered a concussion and a knee sprain on the play, and a challenge by Seattle overturned the ruling on the field and took away the 16-yard reception. That left Cruz with 998 receiving yards this season. Had the catch stood, he would have eclipsed 1,000 for the third straight year.

"I don't know," Tom Coughlin said when asked if Cruz will be able to return this season. "The kid went up and made a heck of an effort and came down on the side of his helmet."

Coughlin said he did not have an issue with the physicality of the tackle by Lane, but he was confused as to why the reception was overturned. Cruz had his hand under the ball as he hit the ground, but it was jarred loose when his head and left shoulder slammed into the turf.

Cruz needed 27 yards to become the fourth Giants receiver to record three straight 1,000- yard seasons. He finished with two catches for 25 yards.

Cruz had spoken this past week about his desire to be included in the exclusive club that includes Amani Toomer (1999-2003), Homer Jones (1966-1968) and Del Shofner (1961-1963).

"To be able to achieve an individual goal like that between myself and Eli for these past three years has been an amazing feat, but obviously it's about this team and it's about what we do collectively," Cruz had said when reaching the milestone seemed to be a fait accompli.

Now, with two meaningless games to play and two yards to go, he might not gain admission to the club.

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