EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said before Wednesday's practice that injured wide receiver Victor Cruz and injured defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul both would participate in it. Pressed on how much, Coughlin bobbed his head and grumbled in Coughlin style before reiterating his initial point, which he'd intended as good news.
"They're full-speed ahead," he said.
Cruz is coming back from a heel bruise suffered in the team's second preseason game two and a half weeks ago. Pierre-Paul is coming back from back surgery he had in June. The way they respond to whatever practice time they get Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will determine their availability for Sunday night's season opener against the Cowboys in Dallas. So check back later today and later in the week for further updates.
Other players listed on the Giants' pre-practice injury report were center David Baas (knee), running back Andre Brown (leg), tackle David Diehl, cornerback Jayron Hosley (ankle), fullback Henry Hynoski (knee), defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot). More information on the extent to which those players did or did not practice will be available later in the day.
The Giants officially placed Brown on the Injured Reserve/designated to return list, which will keep him out of at least the first eight games of the season. They promoted defensive end Adewale Ojomo from the practice squad to replace Brown on the 53-man roster.