Victor Cruz’s salsa dance won’t be making an appearance in the Soldier Field end zone after all:
I'm told the #Bears have released WR Victor Cruz.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 1, 2017
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports the Chicago Bears have released the veteran wide receiver after his four-game preseason stint. Cruz was injured in Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, and is still expected to get an MRI on his knee. His release has been added to our running list of roster cuts, which you can check out here.
The Bears signed Cruz in May as part of their efforts to load up on short-term pass catching targets who might have something left in the tank. There was a point where it appeared as if Cruz had the inside track on breaking camp with the team. Head coach John Fox envisioned him as more than a mentor, and Cruz himself believed his moves were back and ready for game action – and he wasn’t talking about his salsa skills.
Cruz spent a chunk of time during training camp and preseason working with the third-team offense, initially providing rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky with a reliable, veteran target he could throw to in practice and an emergency blanket on game day.
At least we’ll always have the time Cruz caught Trubisky’s first NFL touchdown pass. Depending on things shake out around the league, it might be the last score Cruz catches in the league.