Giants ink Ogletree as Cruz goes to IR

East Rutherford, NJ ( – The New York Giants officially
placed Victor Cruz on injured reserve after the star wide receiver underwent
surgery Monday to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.

In a related move, the Giants announced the signing of veteran wideout Kevin
Ogletree on Tuesday. Additionally, the team put nickel back Trumaine McBride
on IR after he fractured his thumb in Sunday’s 27-0 loss at Philadelphia.

Cruz suffered his injury while attempting to catch a fourth-down pass from Eli
Manning in the end zone during the third quarter of Sunday’s game. The 2012
Pro Bowl selection immediately clutched his knee after dropping the pass and
needed to be carted off the field.

The 27-year-old spent Sunday night at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia
and was transferred to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, where
team physician Dr. Russell Warren performed the procedure.

Cruz caught 23 passes for 337 yards and one touchdown in six games this
season. In 14 games last year, he hauled in 73 passes for 998 yards and four

Ogletree began the season with the Detroit Lions but was released in Week 3
after being inactive for the club’s first two contests. He caught 13 passes
for 199 yards and one touchdown in 12 games for Detroit last season.

The 27-year-old Queens native’s best season came with Dallas in 2012, when
Ogletree compiled 32 receptions totaling 436 yards and four touchdowns.

McBride had been serving as New York’s slot cornerback after Walter Thurmond
sustained a season-ending torn pectoral muscle against Arizona in Week 2. The
journeyman corner was a 10-game starter for the Giants in 2013, recording two
interceptions and 15 passes defensed.

Through New York’s first six games of this season, McBride had notched 21
tackles, one interception, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Cornerback Chandler Fenner was signed off the practice squad to replace
McBride on the active roster.