Cruz in walking boot, expects to play

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

New York Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz showed up to practice today wearing a walking boot and using a pair of crutches. The injury is still being classified as a bruised heel which means Cruz isn’t worried about playing week one against the Dallas Cowboys. Even so the Giants sent his MRI to a specialist as a second opinion.

“Hopefully I can be back before then,” said Cruz, who was upbeat Tuesday and didn’t seem overly concerned about his injury. “But I do envision myself being on the practice field getting ready for that Cowboys game and getting ready to go down to Texas to play those guys.

“The MRI just showed some blood in there in the area where the swelling is, and that was about it. No tear — nothing wrong with the bone — everything’s fine, which is a good sign, which is what I was worried about.”

The Giants have sent the results of Cruz’s MRI to a specialist to confirm the team’s preliminary diagnosis of a bruised heel, a league source told ESPN. (ESPN New York)

One good thing is it means more practice time for guys like Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden, Kevin Hardy and Louis Murphy Jr. They’ll get more of a chance over the next two weeks to prove that they belong on the roster and to be a bigger part of the off season.

The other good thing is that Cruz doesn’t sound like a guy who is going to rush it. He wants to make sure he’s healthy and there for the long haul.

“At this point, it is all about getting better,” Cruz said. “I have a firm understanding of the offense, and me and Eli have an understanding of how he likes to hit me. I’m not too concerned about it. Obviously I am a guy who loves to be out there. But just a short setback in a time when, you never want to have one, but if there’s a time to have one, it’s now.”(ESPN New York)

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