EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Victor Cruz is still awaiting official medical clearance but he says only something unforeseen can keep him from playing against the Cowboys on Sunday night.
"Something catastrophic has to happen for me not to play," Cruz said. "But we are taking it one day at a time and still got to go in and see docs and stuff like that. They just want to gauge and see how I am progressing but it is going to take a lot for me not to play in this game."
Cruz was limited in practice on Wednesday but his bruised heel feels good and he says all he needs to do is regain his timing with Eli Manning.
Friday deadline: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul also was limited in practice but said his back is feeling good. JPP said he will decide Friday whether he is playing against the Cowboys.
"I am getting better and better every day," Pierre-Paul said. "I got to get my conditioning up and that is the main part of my game. Still on track. By Friday I should know if I am playing or not."
Pierre-Paul also said that if he plays, he does not want to play a limited amount of snaps.
"On this team, I feel it is a big thing for me to take most of the snaps," said Pierre-Paul, who added his playing time will be up to the coaches. "[Twenty snaps] is not enough. When it comes to games, I want to be a big factor.
"I don't want to put myself out there and I only do 20 snaps and those 20 snaps (don't) really count to winning the game, know what I am saying? I am not a third-down guy only. I like to go out there and take all the snaps if I can."
Hakeem's plan: Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said his plan of playing it safe in the offseason and preseason has paid off. He's ready for the season opener and says he will be at full speed.
"I definitely feel like I am as good as I can be at this point," he said. "It is game time now. Everything counts. It’s time to get it."
"Definitely benefited from it," Nicks added of his plan after laboring through knee and foot injuries last season. "Same time, it helped me get to this point to where my body feels the best it has felt in a long time."
Here's the official Giants injury report for Wednesday:
RB Andre Brown (leg temporary IR)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
C David Baas (knee)
T David Diehl (thumb)
TE Adrien Robinson (foot)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
WR Victor Cruz (heel)
FB Henry Hynoski (knee)
DE Damontre Moore (shoulder)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
CB Jayron Hosley (ankle)