Receiver Victor Cruz vowed all along that he would be able to practice when the Giants began their preparation for their regular season opener against Dallas, and true to his word, he was out there on Monday.
It’s the first action for the 26-year old receiver since August 18, when he was stepped on in the Giants’ 20-12 preseason loss to the Colts. Cruz was spotted in a walking boot and was placed on crutches in the days after the injury, and did not work again the rest of the preseason. All the while, he never lost faith that the injury was only a short-term setback.
Also getting some work in today for the Giants were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and fullback Henry Hynoski (knee), both of whom were limited last week. It’s not known just how much each player actually did today, but both seemed to move around well in individual drills.
Missing from today’s practice were tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) and running back Andre Brown (leg).
Head coach Tom Coughlin told the media on Friday that Robinson’s injury was a foot sprain.
Offensive linemen David Baas (knee) and David Diehl (thumb), and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee/PUP) were the three players on the bikes.
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The Giants filled their remaining practice squad spot with safety Jawanza Starling, 6-0, 202 lbs. out of Southern California. Starling, a rookie, had been with the Texans this summer.