Giants plan to have Victor Cruz in lineup Saturday

AP

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz didn’t play in last Saturday’s game against the Bills, but he dressed for warmups to move closer to playing in a game than he’s been since tearing his patella tendon in the 2014 season.

The plan for this week is to take the next step and get Cruz on the field against the Jets. On Tuesday, Cruz was a participant in his first full practice since hurting his groin two weeks ago and coach Ben McAdoo said that the team will have him in the lineup if all goes well the next couple of days.

“We’ll find out more today and tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to seeing him,” McAdoo said, via the New York Daily News. “It was nice to see him in the uniform in pre-game the other day.”

McAdoo said it’s “important” for the team to see both how he plays and how his body handles playing for them to know what Cruz can do for the team. Those aren’t insignificant hurdles for a player who has been out as long as Cruz has been out and the downside for not clearing them probably wouldn’t be insignificant either.