INJURY REPORT – VICTOR CRUZ RULED OUT…
WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Daniel Fells (ankle), TE Jerome Cunningham (knee), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), DE Robert Ayers (hamstring), and DT Markus Kuhn (knee) did not practice on Thursday.
Cruz, who suffered an injury setback at practice on Wednesday, has now officially been ruled out of the game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. There is also no timetable on his return to the practice field.
“Victor tried it yesterday and it did not feel right to him, so he did not practice, just a little bit in very beginning,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Obviously, we’re all disappointed in that…we really don’t have a lot of choice, which means that get him back in rehab, get him back to work and see when he can on the field…It is what it is. He tried it and didn’t make it. He will not be able to play this week…He went for an MRI. Yes, it is the same calf…I know he’s disappointed.”
Fells also did not practice for the second day in a row. “He’s not going to practice today, but I think he’s going to make it (for the game),” said Coughlin.
Ayers aggravated his hamstring injury in practice on Wednesday. “Ayers had a little problem about three-quarters of the way through (practice on Wednesday), so we’ll see about him,” said Coughlin.
Kuhn also sat out after practicing on Wednesday.
LT Ereck Flowers (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. “Flowers is gimpy, but he’ll be out there (at practice),” said Coughlin. “We’ll see where he is. If it’s possible and we get to the point where we feel confident that he can do it, then he plays (this weekend).”
RB Orleans Darkwa (knee), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot), and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion) fully practiced.
TOM COUGHLIN AND THE COORDINATORS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:
- Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Video)
- Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo (Video)
- Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (Video)
- Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn (Video)
THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:
The audio of Beckham’s interview with ESPN Radio is also available at ESPN.com.
- Giants ‘need to stop talking about’ kick-starting run game, ‘go out and do it’ by James Kratch for NJ.com
- What to watch from Giants rookie Ereck Flowers this week? Fixing the ‘lazy hands’ by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com
- Victor Cruz’s hopes lose out to reality by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com
- Ex-NFL receiver: Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz’s career could be threatened by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com
WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Instead of practicing, the Giants will hold a “recovery day” on Friday. The players will select two of six recovery stations, based on seniority. Their choices are massage, yoga, FMS (Functional Movement Screen) exercises designed for the individual, air compression boots, contrast bath (between a hot and cold tub), and self-massage with stick rollers and elastic bands.
The Giants will also have a 45-minute, full-speed practice on Saturday that is not open to the media before boarding the plane to Buffalo. The Giants play the Bills on Sunday afternoon.