- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (concussion/knee) was not at practice during the portion open to the media Thursday. Cruz has not practiced since suffering the injuries against Seattle, and seems very much in doubt for Sunday's game against Detroit.
Cruz has to be be cleared by the medical staff to play, as he has to go through the concussion protocol. If Cruz can't go against Detroit, it would mark the first game he misses this year. He's two yards short of his third straight 1,000-yard season.
The Giants were also without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), running back Peyton Hillis (concussion), safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring) and cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin). Offensive guard David Diehl (knee) did not appear to be practicing, but he was on the field as they went through reps.
Just as head coach Tom Coughlin hoped, the Giants had four players return to practice. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad), guard James Brewer (ankle), receiver Jerrel Jernigan (knee) and cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee) were all working during the open portion of practice.