Cruz tore his patellar tendon last year and seemed to complete a grueling rehabilitation this summer. There were several training camp practices where he looked like his old, electric self again and was cutting at high speeds.
A calf injury -- one the Giants continue to assert is not related to the tendon issue -- has gotten in the way of any further progress.
This is why many in the media cautioned Giants fans who were envisioning a high-flying version of last year's offense from Day 1. Cruz is going to take time to get back on the field. Calf injury aside, he needs time to overcome his radical decline and continue the regrowth of certain muscles around the injured area.
There is a lot of weight on Odell Beckham's shoulders and rightfully so. He will need to carry it by himself a little longer.
Elsewhere in injury news on Wednesday...
- Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly made an appearance at Panthers practice -- clad in shorts and a hat -- but remains in the league's concussion protocol. Coach Ron Rivera did not have an update on Kuechly's status for this weekend's game, though he did tell reporters the linebacker does not need to practice to be able to play against the Texans if he's cleared.
- Browns quarterback Josh McCown is still in concussion protocol, with coach Mike Pettine saying the earliest he can practice is Friday. Johnny Manziel will take the first-team reps in his absence. "We'll be prepared either way," said Pettine, according to The Plain Dealer. Pettine also added that backup Austin Davis will get some first-team reps, too.