WR Victor Cruz
October 8, 2015
Re: timetable for injury
A: Obviously you would want kind of a definitive answer, but I could only take what they give me. So day-to-day is it.
Q: So what do you do in the meantime? What are you allowed to do, what can do you, what do you do for the knee?
A: Continue to work on the knee and strengthen around the knee on the right side and just continue to keep my wind up. Continue to do pool workouts, continue to do certain exercises, continue to work on my wind just so I can stay in shape. But thatís about it for now.
Q: When you got the PRP treatment, did they say like two weeks? Did they give you a timeframe for when you might expect to see something?
A: No, because it varies. It depends on the injury, it depends on the person, it depends on the area of the body where the shot is being performed. So it varies. They didnít give me a timeframe, they didnít give me a week-to-week or anything like that. They said it was day-to-day and weíll re-assess it on Monday.
Q: Is it hard to believe itís coming up on a year with the knee injury?
A: A little bit. Feels like yesterday that it happened and I was going through the rehab process. It wasnít the funnest one, obviously. Itís almost been a year and Philly is coming up around the corner as well. The irony is definitely setting in.
Q: It would be a pretty poetic return for you.
A: It would be a good one to come back for, to say the least.
Q: Do you have it in your sights?
A: Every game is in my sights, to be honest. Every week Iím trying to gauge it and see how it feels and kind of take steps and wake up in the morning and do the old calf raise test in bed and stuff like that. Weíll see how it goes.
Q: But knowing how far youíve come from that, does that kind of give you hope that you can beat this thing?
A: Yeah, absolutely. Obviously there is some optimism because of how far Iíve come to date and the obstacles that Iíve been able to hurdle and get over up until now. So thereís definitely some optimism there, but obviously not just there yet. So weíve got to take it one day at a time.
Q: When you had this setback on the practice field trying to go full speed, how far away from that level are you now? Have you gone back down on a scale?
A: On a scale of 1-10, back to that level, I probably went down to about a 7.5, 8 compared to the maybe 9.5 that I was when I was testing it out. So Iím not far away from that, I can feel that, I can feel that itís not the same injury from when it happened eight weeks ago or so. So Iím just trying to continue to be optimistic and continue to listen to the doctors and listen to my body.
Q: Can you feel a difference from the PRP?
A: Yeah, I do. It feels different, it feels stronger, I donít feel that initial pain anymore. When I would walk, I would feel it a little bit. I donít feel that anymore. So those are all good signs. But obviously, my mind is I want to sprint, I want to do the treadmill, I want to do things. But they continue to keep me back until they give me 10 full days for the PRP to kind of set in.
Q: Is that sort of the number, 10 full days?
A: Well, thatís what the doctor told me. Obviously everybody is different and it all varies, but yeah, thatís the number the doctor gave me.
Q: I know this was in the past last week, but what did it mean to you to see Rueben give you a shout out with the salsa?
A: That meant a lot. That meant a lot, man. As I watching, it put a smile on my face. Itís just to know that my teammates and my receiving corps, specifically, are thinking about me and they know how bad I want to be out there with them, how bad I want to be in those trenches with them, and it really meant a lot for him to do thatómore than he even knows.
Q: Just to make sure I understand, itís 10 days before you can even try to accelerate to the next level?
A: Ten days before I can have another conversation with the doctors about accelerating to the next level. So weíll see how it goes, obviously. They donít want me to do anything strenuous with the calf for 10 days, let the PRP shot settle in and work its magic, and go from there.
Q: Thatís retroactive to when you had it?
A: Retroactive, yeah. So this Monday.
Q: So what have you been doing in the meantime? Sorry if you answered it.
A: I did already answer that. Not a lot. Just continue to keep my wind up, doing pool workouts, doing things for my heart rate to keep my heart rate up to make sure when I do get back out there on the field, Iím not as winded as I would be because naturally I would be winded because I havenít had that football conditioning. So, hopefully, I donít want to be too winded doing the workouts and stuff.
Q: You obviously never imagined not being on the field at this point after working so hard to get back and having another setback. How hard has that been for you to handle?
A: Itís been difficult. Obviously, emotionally more than mentally, because mentally I can hone into my injury and hone into the rehab process. But emotionally, itís like, again. Itís something that set me back from being out there and thatís tough. Itís still tough for me, Iím still battling it every day, day to day. My teammates help me out being in here, these guys talking to me about keeping my head up, and things like that. Those guys help me.
Q: Not knowing a timetable for you, itís easy to wonder not when youíll be back but if youíll be back. Do you have any of those doubts? Are you still convinced that at some point this year youíre going to be on the field?
A: I do. Iím thoroughly convinced at some point throughout this year Iíll be on that field playing at a high level and making some plays to help my team win.
Q: You said youíre not that far away? Is that what you said earlier?
A: I was just saying, obviously, the doctor wants to see me again after 10 days of the PRP injection to see how Iíve progressed, how things have come along, and weíll see where it goes from there. It feels better. Obviously, I havenít tested it a lot since the PRP shot, but it feels better just to walk and do normal day-to-day things which kind of ailed me a little bit earlier.
Q: So ideally, the Eagles game would be targeted by you?
A: Every game will be circled by me. Obviously, Phillyó
Q: But thatís the more realistic one at this point?
A: In my eyes, every game is realistic. Sunday, the next Sunday, Monday nightówhatever game is the upcoming one, thatís the one Iím looking at. So thatís the way I want to approach every week. I want to approach as if Iím getting ready to play; if the doctors tell me otherwise, then so be it. But I want to be mentally, thatís the way I can get over each and every hump.
Q: Are you planning on being more cautious returning to the practice field because of the setback?
A: I think so. Essentially, you listen to the training staff, but itís your body. So you have to gauge it how you come along. Like I said, calves are a pretty tricky injury so itís something you have to watch and be careful with.
Q: Can you do anything different treatment wise? Are there any other things you can do besides the PRP?
A: I think thatís pretty much it. Just got to sit back and wait for it to fully heal and wait for it to work its magic a little bit.
Q: In the preseason you watched the Jaguars take some liberties with Odell Beckham and you kind of warned that teams might do that to him. On Sunday did you see a little of what you were concerned about, teamís going at him a little too hard?
A: Yeah. I mean, you see it on film, you see it. Heís a fiery kid, too. Heís not going to sit there and take it, heís going to combat that with what he knows and whatís being given to him. Thatís the only way in the heat of the moment, in the heat of the battle, thatís how you combat thatóblocking them as hard as theyíre blocking you, couple cheat shots and things like that. He knows it. I told him itís part of the game, itís part of teams trying to get in your mind and your head, and you have to be bigger than that, you have to be mentally stronger than that, and know that these things are coming and learn how to combat that.