EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz returned to the game Oct. 27 in Philadelphia after leaving briefly with a neck injury. But the team continued to monitor Cruz's neck during the bye week, and there is a lingering issue that will keep Cruz off the practice field at least Wednesday. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said prior to the Giants' practice that Cruz would not practice and that he hopes he can return to practice Thursday.
"When a guy's not practicing, obviously it's an issue," Coughlin said. "He feels better, and I think he probably could practice if we really needed him to practice today. But we're going to err on the side of caution in the hopes that he can practice tomorrow."
To this point, there's no reason to be overly alarmed about Cruz's chances of missing Sunday's game against the Raiders. But it says something that the injury didn't show enough improvement in the nine days between the Giants' last game and this week's practice to allow him to be out on the field. Cruz leads the Giants this year with 47 receptions and 677 receiving yards and is tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches. His ability to dominate one-on-one matchups out of the slot is a key aspect of the Giants' already-struggling offense, and replacing him with someone like Jerrell Jernigan would limit them severely. So I promise we'll keep an eye on it for ya.
Also not practicing Wednesday are cornerback Corey Webster (groin), running back David Wilson (neck) and cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee). The Giants have been giving Thomas at least one day off per week due to his thrice-surgically-repaired knee, and Coughlin said Thomas would practice Thursday.
Cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring), running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (knee) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) (yes, really) all were listed on the pre-practice injury report but Coughlin said they would all practice to some extent.
Running back Andre Brown, who's been out since the preseason with a leg injury, is eligible to be activated and play this week, and the Giants expect that he will. And he will practice, as he has been for a few weeks now. But to this point, he has not yet officially been activated from injured reserve/designated for return.