Giants Guard Justin Pugh Out With Sprained MCL; Victor Cruz MRI Negative


The New York Giants will be without starting left guard Justin Pugh.

Pugh went down with a sprained right knee in the second quarter of Sunday’s 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL. The normal recovery time is 3-4 weeks. However, there is an outside chance that Pugh will only miss two games.

Head coach Ben McAdoo would only say that Pugh “will miss a little bit of time”.

After Pugh was injured, he was replaced by Brent Jones. Jones, the backup center, played two years in the Canadian Football League. He played 50 snaps and, according to Pro Football Focus, was the Giants’ only offensive lineman to not allow a quarterback pressure.

“I thought Jonesie did a nice job when he went in there,” McAdoo said.


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Wide receiver Victor Cruz also left the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle. At first, the Giants said he was probable to return. After going back to the locker room and having x-rays completed, he was ruled out of the game.

“It’s always hard. You don’t want to see any of your guys go down,” said rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard. “You’re grinding with them. They’ve put in so much work. Injuries, they happen. But you just don’t want it to happen to any of your guys. It’s unfortunate.

Cruz was playing in his first game against the Eagles suffering a knee injury in a 2014 contest that ended his season. He had one catch for 46 yards that helped set a Giants touchdown before exiting the game. Roger Lewis and Dwayne Harris took turns filling for Cruz.

On Monday, Cruz had an MRI to determine the extent of his sprain. The initial diagnosis is a low ankle sprain and he is listed as day-to-day. His status for next Monday night, when the Giants host the Cincinnati Bengals. is unknown.

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