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Manning cut as Giants Cruz past Jets in new digs
The quarterback was knocked out of the Giants‘ 31-16 preseason victory over the New York Jets on Monday night when he changed a play in the second quarter without telling anyone and suffered a bloody three-inch gash to the left side of his temple that required 12 stitches to close.
However, he tended to brush off the injury that overshadowed a spectacular three-touchdown, second-half performance by Giants free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz. The Paterson native finished with six catches for 145 yards.
Manning took the blame for his injury.
“We had a run play with an option to throw a fade that I thought I might try, but Brandon (Jacobs) was coming right up the middle. Sometimes you make a mistake and you get hit in the head. It’s preseason, you learn from it.”
Manning said he will be back soon, adding he didn’t really sustain an injury.
“I really feel like I could go back out and play right now if I had to,” he said.
“Justice has been served,” Coughlin said. “A young man, Victor Cruz, really has had an outstanding camp. He has worked his tail off every day, he’s made a lot of plays this past week. The writers who were following practice have asked and kind of smiled when we mention Victor Cruz and he was truly outstanding.”
Cruz caught touchdown passes of 64 and 34 yards from Jim Sorgi and iced the game with a 5-yard TD catch from Rhett Bomar with 2:24 to go. Cruz jumped around cornerback Dwight Lowery and made a one-handed catch on his long TD.
“It’s a crazy feeling just to be at home, and to put up a performance like this is just really great,” Cruz said. “It is just so surreal right now. My heart is beating so fast right now.”
The performance caught the Jets totally off guard.
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