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Injury Update: Not practicing on Tuesday were WR Victor Cruz (heel), WR Ramses Barden (knee), OC David Baas (knee), OT David Diehl (thumb), CB Jayron Hosley (ankle), and DT Markus Kuhn (PUP – knee).
“Feeling good, feeling good,” said Cruz on Tuesday. “It’s been better, feels a lot better, a lot of the swelling has gone down. Obviously I’m out of the boot now, looking forward to better days coming.”
Cruz was also asked if he would be ready for the opener against the Cowboys. “Absolutely,” responded Cruz. “I think that’s definitely a target date for me. I think I want to come out and get some regular practice in as well once the doctors let me and the training staff lets me do so. Just taking it one day at a time.”
“In my mind (Monday) is a date that I am targeting (to practice),” Cruz said. “So I am going to work diligently this week while the team is away and focus on getting myself right and getting ready to practice potentially by next week.”
Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Baas. “He’s working hard, and feels a little bit better each day,” said Coughlin.
WR Louis Murphy (leg) returned to practice on a limited basis.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), S Antrel Rolle (ankle), and FB Henry Hynoski (knee) remained limited in practice. Pierre-Paul and Moore participated in some team drills.
Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Tuesday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:
DE Justin Tuck on ESPN Radio: The audio of DE Justin Tuck’s interview with ESPN Radio on Tuesday is available at ESPN.com.
Article on WR Jerrel Jernigan: WR Jerrel Jernigan Playing with Confidence by Dan Salomone of Giants.com
Article on OG/OT James Brewer: James Brewer Will Start at Unfamiliar Spot by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com
Article on CB Charles James: Victor Cruz’s Example Fits Giants Undrafted Free Agent Charles James to a ‘T’ by Tom Rock of Newsday
Notes: Head Coach Tom Coughlin said the starters will play between 12-15 plays on Thursday against the New England Patriots. At quarterback, Eli Manning will start, followed by Ryan Nassib, David Carr, and Curtis Painter.