Victor Cruz ‘shocked’ to hear about JPP’s fireworks accident
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on September 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Victor Cruz
It has been several days now, and there is no definitive news on Jason Pierre-Paul’s status after a fireworks accident sent him to the hospital on July 4th. Pierre-Paul’s teammate, Victor Cruz, is getting closer to live action, but he expressed concern with the well-being of arguably the New York Giants’ best defensive player.
"I was obviously shocked like everyone else to hear the news, obviously it’s not something that you want to hear about a teammate," Cruz said in an interview on Sirius XM Radio, per True Jersey. "I have reached out to him, I sent him a text message, but obviously he’s probably nowhere near a phone right now. I just hope everything goes well, I hope he’s healthy, and that he’s able to be with us come training camp. That’s the only thing a guy like myself could ask for right now."
With training camp nearing, Pierre-Paul’s status for the first practice remains up in the air. Cruz, on the other hand, admitted that he is expecting to be ready to go when the Giants’ kick off camp.
"From the training staff, and from the coaches and the front office people, I think everybody’s under the assumption that I’m ready to go [by training camp]," Cruz said. "I don’t think PUP will be an option. Obviously if it comes about then that’s a conversation I’ll have to have with my superiors, but other than that it seems like Im on track to be ready for training camp, and, God willing, out there for Week One."
So at least the Giants’ most recent brush with bad news was followed by some good news.