Victor Cruz said his ankle injury is “not bad” and that there is a chance he can play on Monday night against the Bengals.

“We’ll take it day-by-day,” Cruz said in a WFAN radio interview on Tuesday. “We’ll see how it feels [at practice on Wednesday], we’ll see how it feels the day after that. I’ll listen to the training staff. But we’ll see. The doctors are optimistic, so we’ll take it from there.”

Cruz confirmed a report that he has a low-grade sprain which he suffered while making a 46-yard reception in Sunday’s win over the Eagles. He did not return to the game, had X-rays on Sunday, and an MRI on Monday. He said there was no swelling or discoloration on Monday.

“I have to stay on top of it,” he said. “It is a little sore today, I’m not going to lie. But it’s optimistic. Everything looks like it’s going in the right direction. I just have to get through the week, get through some good days of treatment and see how it feels.”

Who’s next?

Justin Tuck is going into the Giants’ Ring of Honor on Monday night, the latest of the core players to win Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. But who would Tuck like to see join him in the coming years? Two of his former teammates came to mind.

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“You had a guy that just retired yesterday, Antrel Rolle,” Tuck said. “The leadership that he provided was very similar to the leadership that I provided.” He also mentioned David Diehl “who played 10 plus seasons with the Giants and won two Super Bowls with the Giants.”

Giant steps

WR Geremy Davis, a 2015 sixth-round pick on the Giants practice squad, was signed by the Chargers and will be on their active roster . . . RB Shane Vereen (biceps) is eligible to return to the practice from injured reserve this week if the Giants want him to. Ben McAdoo said on Monday that he had not yet had conversations regarding that or even whether Vereen is a candidate to be the one player the Giants can remove from injured reserve this season . . . Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, a graduate of West Point and former Army Ranger, is the team’s nominee for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. The finalists will be named in January and the winner announced at the NFL Honors show the night before Super Bowl LI in Houston.