Victor Cruz returned to practice today for the first time since suffering a bruised heel in the preseason loss, on August 18, against the Indianapolis Colts. This comes as a good sign because Cruz was sporting fashionable crutches and a walking boot at the team’s press conference the day after the game.
Today’s practice was without pads but Cruz seemed to be running at full speed and making hard cuts that were worrisome to him before today. He was reported saying that after breaking on a curl route “it didn’t feel too bad at all”. His status is most likely to be listed as probable, but Cruz feels confident that he will be on the field for the New York Giants this Sunday.
Cruz’ return to the practice field is going to be a huge boost for a Giants offense that has been nothing better than terrible in the preseason. Cruz is, without a doubt, atop the list of Eli Manning’s favorite targets to throw to. Cruz has been a model of consistency the past two years. He has been the only receiver in the NFL, each of the last two seasons, to have at least 1000 yards receiving, 80 or more receptions and nine touchdowns.
With the first game of the NFL season, slated for this Sunday against the, arch rival, Dallas Cowboys, Cruz’ return could not come at a better time. Because, as all Giants fans know, most of time, games against the Cowboys are shoot-outs and it is nice to know that Eli’s deep threat is going to be back for the game.