A year after he received wisdom from Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. is now delivering it back to the player he calls his big brother on the team. That advice: Don't return to the field until you are ready.

"I'm telling him that there's nothing you have to prove to me, to anybody else," Beckham said Tuesday night at the premiere of his new commercial for Dunkin' Donuts at MetLife Stadium. "Everybody knows what you're capable of doing . . . As long as he comes back 100 percent, that's where we want him to be and not trying to rush back and then risk anything else happening."

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Cruz has been sidelined for three weeks with a calf injury and there has been no sign he'll be ready to play in Sunday's opener against the Cowboys. He's also coming back from a torn patellar tendon. Tom Coughlin said he'd like to have Cruz practice before he plays in a game, so his availability at today's workout will be the most telling signal for Sunday.

Beckham knows that feeling. He missed the first four games last season with a hamstring injury.

"I remember when he was there for me when I was hurt and now it's kind of the opposite position," Beckham said. "I just stay in his corner . . . however long he needs, just take it and make sure you come back ready."

Giant steps

The Giants will have a recovery cycle -- aka a "Spa Day" -- in lieu of practice Friday, followed by a more rigorous than normal workout on Saturday before the flight to Dallas . . . The Giants signed free-agent LB Jasper Brinkley, who spent the summer in camp with the Cowboys before being cut last weekend.