Victor Cruz's comeback from his serious knee injury has hit an unexpected roadblock with what was thought to only be a minor injury to his calf. But now that minor injury is becoming a major issue, with Cruz on track to miss yet another practice week.
Tom Coughlin said the 28-year-old receiver has not yet been cleared to practice this week. "Not as far as I know," Coughlin said on a conference call with reporters. "I have not been told that. Progress, yes. But he's not definitely given the green light."
Cruz, who was seemingly making a remarkable recovery from the major knee surgery he underwent last fall, has been out since Aug. 19 and has yet to appear in a preseason game. If he is unable to practice Tuesday or Wednesday, it makes it unlikely he'll appear in the Giants' preseason finale on Thursday night in New England.
He's not going to get the same number of targets given Odell Beckham's emergence as a top-flight wideout. Cruz will likely play the Randall Cobb role in OC Ben McAdoo's offense, so there is some upside if his explosiveness is still there. He just needs to get healthy. All seems well with the knee, but it's not uncommon for athletes to suffer injuries elsewhere in the body when recovering from another injury.