Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul On Track For Week 1
By Allen Kim
After being marred by injuries, the New York Giants received a bit of good news today on the injury front with WR Victor Cruz and DE Jason Pierre-Paul. According to coach Tom Coughlin, “They are full speed ahead.”
Victor Cruz bruised his heel in the Giants’ preseason matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. He was temporarily in crutches and a boot, but he ran at full speed today in practice. All signs point to him being a full go for their season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Now, he just needs official medical clearance before he’s given the final green light to play.
"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."
Pierre-Paul, on the other hand, is recovering from a much more serious injury. He had back surgery that has kept him out of action since early June, and while he's on track to play this Sunday, his status is still up in the air. He started running again in mid-August, and he was removed from the active/PUP list a little over a week ago.
"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.”
While it looks like Pierre-Paul will play, nothing is certain at this juncture. If he is active, chances are that he’ll be limited against the Cowboys.
"On this team, I feel it is a big thing for me to take most of the snaps," said Pierre-Paul. “[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."