New York Giants

Veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz – still dealing with a troublesome calf injury – hopes to return to practice the week of the season opener.

By Robby Sabo

When Victor Cruz went down with that rough torn patella tendon last season, nobody expected he wouldn’t be ready for the season opener of 2015.

Yet that’s where we sit. The uncertainty surrounding Cruz’s latest setback – a banged up calf – could keep him out of New York Giants season opener against the Cowboys in Dallas.

Cruz, however, is targeting next week as his time to get back on the field.

Via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York:

“I think we’re just being careful, cautious with it,” Cruz said when asked if the calf injury has become more serious than initially expected. “Calves are tricky. Once they feel healed and once they feel OK, you can go out here and mess it up again. So you want to make sure that it’s fully healed and fully recovered once you step back out there on the field.”

If Cruz gets back on the practice field next week, it will put him in position to play in the season opener.

“Nothing has been set in stone, in terms of playing that first week or not playing that first week,” Cruz added. “I’m still excited for Week 1. That’s still the goal, that’s still the plan, in my opinion. Obviously, the training staff will advise if they see differently as the next week and a half comes along. But we’ll see. So, I’m just taking it one day at a time, and making sure that I’m ready to go.”

With the recent decimation of players across the roster in the land of the Giants, not having Cruz to start the season is a very scary thought.

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