Anticipation for Victor Cruz’s return to game action continues to build at the facility as Ben McAdoo said the team is “very optimistic” about the chances for Saturday night. A knee injury on Oct. 12, 2014 ended one season for Cruz, a calf injury halted another, and a groin injury kept him out of the first two preseason games this year.
“I’m ready,” Cruz said. “Obviously it’s been a long time coming. I had a good week of practice, everything feels great so I’m just excited to put that out there on the game field for the first time in a long time.”
We'll see how Cruz's body holds up to game action. If he comes back at full strength, he'll alter the outlook for rookie Sterling Shepard, but at this point it seems more likely that Cruz will return to the lineup in a smaller role.