Cruz (calf) made it through a second straight practice without limitations, and appears "on schedule" for his return to the field, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports.
Cruz missed all of the 2015 season, and a majority of the 2014 season with his calf injury. Making it through consecutive full practices is cause for optimism as he continues his journey back to action. He will be monitored closely as training camp progresses.
Cruz (calf) was a full participant in Friday's opening day of training camp, NorthJersey.com reports.
Cruz had not practiced in full since last September, so even though Friday marked the opening day of camp, the fact that he was able to do everything is certainly a positive sign. Due to a knee and calf injury, Cruz hasn't played since Week 6 of the 2014 campaign, but was running routes with his teammates and catching passes Friday. Afterward, Cruz stated he's nearing full speed, and although coach Ben McAdoo acknowledged the wideout's progress will be monitored, particularly as more team drills approach, he expects Cruz to practice without limitations going forward.
Cruz (calf) has avoided the PUP list and will take the practice field Friday, Art Stapleton of The Record reports.
All Giants must pass a conditioning test in order to practice, and Cruz joined the majority of his teammates in accomplishing the feat. Throughout the offseason program, he was contained to individual drills, at best, whether the stage was OTAs or mandatory minicamp, but Thursday's success opens the door for some team drills. Knowing his rich injury history, though, the Giants will likely exercise caution in order to avoid any potholes along the route to (ideally) active status in Week 1.
A report last week said Cruz wouldn't participate in the three-day minicamp, but he's apparently ready to run routes and catch passes without facing a defender. This bodes well for his training camp availability, as he was already tentatively expected to be ready for the start of camp. It remains to be seen if Cruz is still effective, having last played in a game Nov. 12, 2014. He may also have to compete with rookie second-rounder Sterling Shepard for snaps, though the
The Giants are hoping that Cruz will be ready for the start of training camp, but his chances of participating in their upcoming mini-camp appear to be slim. Given that Cruz missed all of last season due to lingering complications from the torn patella tendon he suffered midway through the 2014 campaign, the Giants will likely continue to be cautious with the veteran wideout. With Cruz seemingly sidelined until at least July, rookie Sterling Shepard could see increased reps with the first team during mini-camp.
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