At one point this season, Victor Cruz was optimistic that he was a game away from returning to action.

Back on Oct. 19, Cruz told Complex Sports that his injured calf “feels amazing” and “if it’s up to me” he would appear in his team's very next game.

“I just need to practice full speed, show coaches that I can run the same I could run in the past, catch the ball the same way I would catch in the past,” Cruz said. “You know, finalize that, wake up the next day with no pain and do it again. That’s the biggest thing, having that consistency as we go along.”

Cruz was working his way back from a torn patellar tendon injury, when a calf issue popped up which prevented him from completing his recovery. After a series of setbacks, Cruz announced that he'll undergo season-ending calf surgery in a video posted by Bleacher Report.

"This hurts, mainly because I worked so hard to come back from the patellar tendon surgery," Cruz said. "And I fought hard, day in and day out. Rehab, physical work, strength work, I felt like I was back to 100 percent. And then the calf happens and it's a tough thing to go through. It's a tough thing to go through emotionally and physically but I know God has a plan for me. I know I have to re-tool my brain and re-tool my body to get back to 100 percent."

Cruz hasn't appeared in a game for the Giants since Oct. 12, 2014. 

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