There is no questioning that Victor Cruz is a vital cog in the Giants' offense, so collectively the team and fans held their breathe, when Cruz went down with a foot injury last week against the Indianapolis Colts. But Michael Eisen of Giants.com reported on Tuesday that Cruz has been receiving treatment on his bruised heel and hopes to be on the field as early as next week.
Cruz also met with the media on Tuesday and was asked if he envisioned a September 8th (season opener versus Dallas). The third-year receiver emphatically stated, "Absolutely. 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."
Last season, fellow wide receiver Hakeem Nicks struggled to stay healthy as he battled a a broken foot, then knee injury throughout the 2012 campaign. And even though Cruz still lead New York in receptions and receiving yards, his statistics declined from the previous year.
In the preseason opener in Pittsburgh, Cruz once again flashed his big play ability by hauling in a 57-yard catch and carry for the lone Giants' touchdown in a 18-13 victory over the Steelers.
Offensively the G-men have struggled, as the team has been unable to gain continuity in the lineup. In addition to Cruz, injured starters include David Diehl, Henry Hynoski and David Baas.
When asked specifically is he would be ready for the Dallas game, Cruz replied, "Yeah, absolutely. I knew initially that it was just a small bump in the road and that I just needed some time off to get some down time off the boot and off the foot and get things going the right way. Dallas was definitely a target date for me and I knew that I had to be ready for that date and now that that boot’s off and it’s feeling good, I still have some time to recuperate. It feels even better."
While both Cruz and Nicks have nursed injuries this summer; third receiver Rueben Randle has gotten more first team repetitions as a result, and last week against the Jets, Jerrel Jernigan was on the field for most of the game. But Giants' fans would like nothing better than to see both Cruz and Nicks lined up on September 8th in the season opener against Dallas.