Reports on Monday indicated that Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz’s next game action would come in the season opener against the Cowboys on September 8 and nothing about Cruz’s visit with the media on Tuesday served to send a different message.
Cruz had a walking boot on his left foot and was also using crutches to further protect the heel he injured in Sunday night’s preseason game against the Colts. Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News reports that Cruz said that an MRI showed “some blood in there,” but there was no tear or any other injury that would extend his recovery timeline beyond the start of the regular season.
Cruz said that the heel was feeling better after icing and anti-inflammatory drugs and Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger passes along that the wideout said he does “envision” being on the field for that game against the Cowboys.
While losing Cruz for the rest of the preseason won’t do much to spark a starting offense that’s been a bit less productive than hoped in their first two games, having him healthy for the regular season is much more important. By taking every precaution now, the Giants increase their chances of that happening later.