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New York Giants WR Victor Cruz Sheds Walking Boot, Crutches; Week 1 Return on Target

August 27th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Doug Rush

It's been almost two weeks since Victor Cruz suffered a heel injury during the New York Giants' 20-12 preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts after having one of the Indianapolis defender's fall on his foot in the first quarter and forcing his early exit from the game.

'Victor Cruz makes the catch' photo (c) 2011, Kathy Vitulano - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Since that Sunday night, Cruz has been on the sidelines for the Giants, not participating in practice and sat out the Giants 24-21 overtime loss to the New York Jets this past Saturday as he continues to heel up the injury and focus on being ready for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys on September 8.

On Monday, Cruz took the latest step in ensuring that he will be ready for the regular season, as he was able to shed the crutches and walking boot that he had been using since last Sunday to take as much pressure off the heel as possible to prevent any further aggravation.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin told Connor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger at Monday's practice that everything is going accordingly to plan for Cruz's rehab and is still on target to be back for the start of the 2013 season.

"From my understanding he's getting better but it's certainly not tomorrow morning," Coughlin said.

With Coughlin's comments, it's almost a safe bet to assume that Cruz won't be taking part in the team's preseason finale against the New England Patriots on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. Cruz had gotten off to a hot start to the preseason when he caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning in the Giants 18-13 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers back on August 10 and had signed a brand new six-year, $45.879 million extension with the Giants last month before training camp started.

The 26-year-old Cruz is coming off two straight seasons where he was the team's leading receiver, as he had 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns back in the 2012 season and is looking to duplicate his success again in 2013.

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11 Responses to “New York Giants WR Victor Cruz Sheds Walking Boot, Crutches; Week 1 Return on Target”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    more good news on the injury front
    if the next two weeks stay on plan and there are no more catastrophes, we will enter the season down only 1 starter
    that will be the healthiest we have started a campaign in a long time

  2.  demo3356 says:

    JPP, Rolle and Cruz coming back and some young guys solidifying the OL. Maybe folks will take a step back off the ledge around here

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Very few expected Ross to look so good in preseason. Practically no one expected TT to make it back. No one knew who Charles James was.

    Minus Brown our secondary looks a lot better to me than anyone had a right to assume two months ago. So crying about Brown is a bit nuts. We’re ahead of the game on defense because of the above and what we saw of Moore, Patterson, Hankins, Austin and Rogers.

    •  JimStoll says:

      I’m not too worried about losing Brown; he couldn’t cover worth a damn.
      But who is backing him up that wasn’t even that good is a real question.
      Putting our faith Week 5 in “The Man Who Must Use Drugs” seems at least a little iffy (can he practice onece the suspension goes into effect? if not, what will he do with his free time?)

      •  Levito says:

        No he can’t practice with the team during his suspension. Not sure when that officially starts, but I’d assume it’s right after the last preseason game.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I’m not “crying” about losing Brown because I wasn’t sure if he was any good. The turnovers he forced last year seemed fluky. I hoped that I was wrong but I had real doubts. I thought that Hill had a chance to steal the starting spot from him but that never materialized. I do think the concern is legit about depth. However, when Hill returns I think he’s a legit answer as long as he can stay on the field. I heard TC mention him some lately which leads me to believe that Hill is doing the right things. Hill is a risk but one we have to take.

        I believe we have a potential which TT helping out at safety. I think unlike Ross who was lost when he tried to help out at safety in 2009, I think TT is a much more natural transition to safety.

        I also think that Taylor can help. He’s not going to help in the early part of the year but as the year goes along I still think he can help as a 3rd safety or nickel LB. Like many of our past rookies he more app to help in the second half of the year.

  4.  GIANTT says:

    I must admit I know very little about Brewer . Im intrigued by his size , is he just a stopgap or is he a legitimate replacement ? What are his strengths and/or weaknesses ?

    •  Krow says:

      Brewer’s lack of interest in fashion has made him an outcast. He has no line of shirts … no label of fugly gear. It’s no wonder he’s been overlooked so far.

  5.  BigBlueGiant says:

    BOSWORTH!!!!!!!!

    whether you like it or not, The kid deserves a spot. I’d like to see him with the 1st team this thursday.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    Kind of grim when you think how dependent we are on this guy

    There is no way to downplay the importance of the return of the Giants’ best defensive player, so Jason Pierre-Paul’s teammates didn’t even try. They saw what the defense was like last season when he was physically a mess. And they’ve seen what it’s been like this summer when he hasn’t been able to play at all.
    When Mathias Kiwanuka was asked what’s been missing with JPP out of the lineup, he said simply, “Sacks.” Oh, is that all? He could’ve added a consistent pass rush, a dominating playmaker and a presence that can be felt on both sides of the line, too.
    “He’s our best defensive playmaker, hands down,” said safety Antrel Rolle. “With him having the surgery and trying to get him back to tip top shape, hopefully we’re going to see a performance that we’ve never ever seen from him.
    “We’re looking for miraculous things out of JPP,” Rolle added. “And he’s a guy that can definitely give it to us.”
    All they’ve needed is a miracle — or at least a defensive savior — pretty much since they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl XLVI. JPP was a monster in that 2011 season with 16-1/2 sacks, including six — plus a blocked potential game-tying field goal in Dallas — in the Giants’ final four regular-season games. Then in the playoffs, when offenses overloaded the protection to his side, the rest of the defensive line was free to power a Super Bowl run.
    But as JPP struggled with a back injury worse than he let on last season, he had just 6-1/2 sacks and the Giants defense collapsed around him, finishing ranked 31st in the league. Now he’s back — activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, less than three months after back surgery — and while he doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for the opener on Sept. 8, he did declare Monday that “I don’t have that pain that I had before surgery.”
    In other words, there’s hope because he feels like the JPP of old again — a declaration that left his teammates with visions of another championship dancing in their heads.
    Pierre-Paul, a star defensive end who led the Giants defense to a Super Bowl win, is hoping to return to form after back surgery.
    FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP

    Pierre-Paul, a star defensive end who led the Giants defense to a Super Bowl win, is hoping to return to form after back surgery.

    “Up front I think we have the ability to take this thing to the Super Bowl,” Kiwanuka said. “We have all the ability that we’ve had in years past. We’ve just got to put it together.”
    Kiwanuka believes strongly that the pieces are in place. He’s back now from linebacker to defensive end, his natural (and preferred) position. Everyone is counting heavily on a revival season from Justin Tuck, despite a battered body at age 30. There’s high hopes for rookie Damontre Moore, a third-round pick out of Texas A&M, assuming he gets over the shoulder bruise that’s kept him out of the last two games.
    But the Giants had absolutely no ability to “put it together” without Pierre-Paul, who at the tender age of 24 and in just his fourth season may be the Giants’ most important player not named Eli Manning. Assuming that the 2011 season wasn’t a fluke and that the herniated disc that was repaired in his back doesn’t become a chronic problem, he has the potential to be the most dominating defensive end since Michael Strahan retired.
    They need him to be that, too, because the Giants’ best defenses have always had that one dominating player — like Lawrence Taylor in the late ’80s and early ’90s and Strahan in the 2000s. And more recently the Giants’ defenses have been all about a relentless pass rush. They’re at their best when the offense focuses on one player like Strahan or JPP while the rest of the defense comes at the quarterback in waves.
    They tried that last season with little success. It’s much easier when the biggest wave remains intact.
    “He eats up double-teams,” cornerback Terrell Thomas said of JPP. “Now they can’t double team Tuck or Cullen (Jenkins) or Shaun (Rogers) or Linval (Joseph) or Kiwi.”
    “When we’re at full strength, when we have all of our pass rushers on the field, teams have to make a decision who they’re going to leave single blocked,” Kiwanuka added. “And we always feel like that one individual who gets that single should win.”
    M aybe they are getting a little ahead of themselves since no one really knows for sure when Pierre-Paul will be ready for a game. But as Rolle said, “We all know what he means to this defense and what he means to this team.” What he means to the defense is just about everything. It just hasn’t been the same without a healthy JPP.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/vacchiano-giants-big-rush-back-jpp-article-1.1437869#ixzz2dBDcLe9w

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