The morning after Victor Cruz ruptured his right patellar tendon, ending his season and throwing his career in doubt, the Paterson product received an unexpected visitor at Jefferson Hospital in Philly.
In strolled Eagles coach Chip Kelly, just hours after his team had thrashed the Giants, 27-0, on Sunday. That Kelly took the time to visit an opposing player after a game speaks volumes not only about the coach’s sense of compassion but also to Cruz’s magnetism and status in the league.
And Cruz exuded that same charm and positivity on a conference call on Friday. In his first public comments since the horrific injury, Cruz spoke of returning for the start of spring drills and minicamp and definitely for training camp.
In his mind, Cruz has no doubt he will return to the player he was. He provided a window of 4-8 months for his rehabilitation.
The Monday after the injury, he was transferred to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Then, that same afternoon, he had surgery to repair the tendon by team physician Dr. Russell Warren.
“I don’t have any doubt in mind (that I’ll return at full strength),” said Cruz, who will wear a brace for the next six weeks. “I don’t have any doubt that I’ll be back. I don’t have any doubt that my rehab process will be successful, that I’ll be in tip-top shape and ready to go when the time is right. I don’t have any doubt in my mind.