The Giants wide receiver wore a walking boot on his left foot and leaned on crutches during a conversation with reporters Tuesday. Cruz confirmed he suffered a heel contusion in Sunday's preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts. An MRI exam revealed "some blood in there," but Cruz -- who said he was hurt on a pass-interference play -- confirmed he didn't suffer a tear, according to the New York Daily News.
"Once swelling goes down, I think I'll be ok," Cruz said, per NFL.com's Kimberly Jones.
Asked if he'd be ready for Dallas, Cruz said "I do envision" playing. The Giants are taking a cautious approach with their field-stretching receiver, but with kickoff still 19 days away, Cruz remains a good bet to suit up Sept. 8.
Last year's Giants were limited by a battered and out-of-sync receiver group. Hakeem Nicks says he's finally healthy after enduring a constellation of injuries over the past 15 months. Cruz, meanwhile, missed the majority of offseason workouts mired in a contract dispute with the team.
Cruz, now armed with a fat new contract, must be fully operational for this offense to sing. The clock is ticking.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.