When Giants WR Victor Cruz missed a pair of practices last week because of a calf strain, he insisted that the issue was not serious, and that he would "definitely" be back in practice this week. So far, not so good. On Tuesday, the Giants began prepping for their Saturday preseason meeting with the Jets, and Cruz was not going to practice, coach Tom Coughlin said. The coach added that he is "concerned" about the situation. "Concerned? Yeah," he said. "Because obviously there were a couple of slotted opportunities (for Cruz to practice last week). Yeah, yeah I am." "I would like to see him get out there and be able to stay out there," Coughlin said. "As soon as that can be done, that's possible, then that's what would happen."
Coughlin did not rule Cruz, who is coming back from a torn right patellar knee tendon suffered midway through last season, out of Saturday's game against the Jets, although he did indicate that the receiver must practice first. He said Cruz is "day-to-day" and must first show an ability to practice for a few consecutive days before he would consider playing the receiver. Cruz has yet to appear in a preseason game, as his rapid return from action has come to a stuttering halt. Early in camp, and even during the joint practice sessions with the Bengals in Cincinnati, the receiver looked to be well on track in his recovery, the story said. In another story, Cruz believes he will be ready for Week 1.