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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has not practiced since August 17 due to a left calf injury. The injury was originally termed a “strain” and downplayed by the team but it has kept him out of practice for more than a month, the entire preseason, and at least the first two regular-season games. For the last few weeks, when questioned by the media about Cruz, Head Coach Tom Coughlin has simply said there has been no change in his status. On Friday, Cruz talked to the press for the first time since late August at a commercial promotion in Manhattan.

“If it were up to me, I would love to be back at some point within the next two weeks, whether it be (next) Thursday (against the Redskins) or the following game,” Cruz told The New York Post. “But we’ll see, that’s just me speaking. That’s not the training staff or the doctors (saying) things like that, so we’ll see.”

Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in October 2014. He was making what appeared a very rapid recovery from the injury by practicing with the team from the start of camp on July 31 until August 17. Cruz told The Post that the surgically repaired right knee “feels great” and is not the issue.

“(The calf injury) was just a little bit more than I expected,” said Cruz. “They saw a little bit of blood in there and wanted to get it out, and that set me back a little bit. So it’s just a matter of continuing the rehab, continuing to build the muscle back, and continuing to build the strength back and we’ll be good to go.”

“In due time, I’ll be joined back with my teammates and be out there playing again,” said Cruz.

Any discussion of calf injuries and blood is a bit of a red flag to the media and fans since safety Nat Berhe was lost for the season due to a blood clot in one of his calf muscles. That injury was also originally downplayed by the team.

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