Sounds like Victor Cruz still isn't ready to practice


After an encouraging first couple of weeks of training camp, the New York Giants were hoping to be able to get wide receiver Victor Cruz into a preseason game to test his surgically repaired right knee in advance of the Sept. 13 season opener in Dallas. But Cruz developed a left calf injury about two weeks ago, has missed the past two preseason games and isn't likely to be ready to play in Thursday's preseason finale in New England.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Sunday that he didn't think Cruz would be cleared to practice with the Giants on Monday.

"Not as far as I know," Coughlin said in a conference call Sunday. "I have not been told that. Progress, yes, but he has not definitely been given the green light."

Cruz has said all year that his goal was to be ready for Week 1, but after so much missed practice time and with that opener two weeks away, there seems to be at least some cause for doubt. The Giants don't want to do anything that might expose Cruz to further injury -- especially to that knee and its surgically repaired patellar tendon. That means, even if he is ready for Week 1, he won't have had as much preparation as they'd have liked him to have.

"You need to practice, you really do," Coughlin said. "You're not going to be as efficient as you can. So I'll just say that that wouldn't be the preferred way."

Rueben Randle, another of the Giants' starting wide receivers, has been nursing his own knee injury throughout camp, though he did play Saturday night.

In other notes...

Coughlin acknowledged that former Giants safety Stevie Brown would visit and take a physical. Brown arrived in New Jersey on Sunday evening, which means his physical is likely to happen Monday, and he's likely to sign with the team assuming his health checks out. Brown would join the competition for the starting safety spots, which has failed to achieve clarity so far this offseason and has been wracked with injuries the past two weeks.

Coughlin did not know the extent of the ankle injury defensive end Robert Ayers suffered in warmups prior to Saturday's game. After the game, Coughlin said of Ayers, "I really don't know. He's out there pregame, and all of a sudden he's on the ground and complaining about his ankle and his Achilles and whatever. That was a few minutes before we came into the locker room prior to going out and starting the game." Ayers went for tests Sunday.