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New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Likely to Start First Week

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Victor Cruz is likely to start, and hopefully Salsa, in Week 1. Reports from Giants’ camp suggest he is ready as of now, but may not play if swelling or pain returns to his heel. This is a relief for the New York Giants after Cruz went down in Week 3 of the preseason with an injury. Cruz has been listed as day-to-day for the Giants, so many were unsure if he would be able to start. Cruz bruised his heel against the Indianapolis Colts on August 18, one of many preseason injuries for the Giants.

The Giants are happy to get their star receiver back especially after losing their right tackle David Diehl and running back Andre Brown during the preseason. The Giants center David Baas may also miss the opener. Any help the Giants get on offense from Cruz will help, particularly in a divisional game against the Dallas Cowboys, Week 1.

The defense for the Giants has also had the injury bug of late. Jason Pierre Paul may or may not play in Week 1, but has at least practiced this week for the first time this season. He has said his back feels better, but he is not sure his conditioning will be there. Stevie Brown, the Giants’ starting free safety also tore his ACL and is out for the season.

With all the injuries to the Giants Cruz’s return was key. Hopefully he has no further setbacks and is feeling good enough for a few Salsa dances in the Cowboys’ endzone.

Jay Cullen is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Add him on Google or Follow him on Twitter.