Victor Cruz, David Baas injured in Giants' 20-12 loss to the Colts

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) watches during

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) watches during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts. (Aug. 18, 2013) (Credit: AP )

Two negatives equaled a positive -- and a sigh of relief -- for the Giants after two offensive starters required X-rays in the early parts of their preseason game last night. Wide receiver Victor Cruz and center David Baas seemed to escape major injuries (X-rays on both were negative), although neither player returned in the Giants' 20-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium.

Baas suffered a left knee injury when his leg was rolled up on as Eli Manning threw a deep pass to Cruz down the middle on the third snap of the game. The pass was incomplete, but Antoine Bethea and Greg Toler collided with Cruz and drew a pass-interference penalty. Cruz remained in the game, but on the next snap, he limped off the field after running a route into the end zone.

Fellow receiver Rueben Randle said he didn't realize Cruz was injured until Cruz came to the sideline after the drive.

"I saw the doctors come over and I heard them say they were going to get the X-ray," Randle said. "Then I knew it was going to be something kind of serious. But we know he's going to bounce back, come back, be ready for the season."

The team announced that Cruz suffered a bruised left heel. Baas has a sprained knee but will have further tests. It is hoped that Baas sprained his MCL, an injury that usually heals in three to six weeks.

Both were seen walking on the sideline after their injuries. Cruz was spotted briefly on the sideline wearing shorts and a T-shirt with sneakers and no visible wrap or cast on his foot. He was walking without a noticeable limp before trainers sent him back to the locker room.

Jim Cordle replaced Baas at center with the starters and Kevin Hardy saw reps with the first team at wide receiver.

"I feel like I'm a better player than I have been, so I'm confident in myself," Cordle said. "If Baas is down for a while, hopefully the team is confident in me."

The Giants drove the ball inside the Colts' 10 on their first two possessions but had to settle for only three points. The first drive ended when the Giants failed to convert on fourth-and-1 from the 7. The second was capped by a 25-yard field goal by Josh Brown after Hardy dropped a third-down pass.

The Colts answered with a touchdown drive that should have been a turnover. Keith Rivers blitzed and hit Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on a pass to Reggie Wayne in the end zone. Aaron Ross was in place to pick off the short throw, but he bobbled the ball and batted it in the air -- right into the hands of Wayne for a 28-yard touchdown.

Manning (8-for-17, 91 yards) threw an interception on a pass intended for Hakeem Nicks that led to a Colts field goal and a 10-3 lead. After a three-and-out by the Giants, Luck hit T.Y. Hilton for an acrobatic 18-yard touchdown catch over Jayron Hosley to make it 17-3.

The Giants converted on fourth-and-1 on the next drive as Andre Brown took an outside toss. But with first-and-goal at the 5, the Giants ran a draw for David Wilson that lost 4 yards and Manning threw incompletions to Ramses Barden and Brandon Myers before another short field goal.

"We had a couple opportunities to score touchdowns and we didn't," Manning said. "Red zone is obviously something we have to get better at."

Hosley intercepted a pass with 45 seconds left in the half to set up another Giants field goal that made it 17-9 at halftime.Notes & quotes: Nicks made his preseason debut with two receptions for 40 yards. "It felt great to be back out there," he said. "I'm just getting my feet back up under me. I'm working hard to get my timing back to where it needs to be with Eli." . . . DE Justin Tuck also made his debut and was active, flushing Luck out of the pocket early and later batting down a pass . . . After being carted off the field with a sprained knee Friday, TE Larry Donnell was able to play in the game . . . Tom Coughlin was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty for being outside the coaching box late in the first half.Keeping head coaches off the field is a point of emphasis with officials this season. Coughlin had a heated discussion with referee Ed Hochuli about the penalty at halftime … The Giants showed a video of Ahmad Bradshaw highlights before the game. The former Giants running back is now a member of the Colts and was at the game, although he did not play.

Two negatives equaled a positive - and a sigh of relief - for the Giants last night as a pair of offensive starters required X-rays in the early parts of a preseason game against the Colts. Both Victor Cruz and David Baas seemed to escape major injuries as the X-rays were both negative, although neither returned to the game.

Baas suffered a left knee injury when his leg was rolled up on as Eli Manning threw a deep pass to Cruz down the middle on the third snap of the game. The pass was incomplete, but Antoine Bethea and Greg Toler collided with Cruz and drew a pass interference penalty. Cruz remained in the game after that tumble, but on the next snap he limped off the field after running a route into the end zone.

The Giants announced that Cruz suffered a bruised heel while Baas has a sprained knee. Baas will likely undergo further tests on the knee. Both were seen walking on the sideline after their injuries. Cruz was spotted briefly after his X-ray on the sideline wearing shorts and a T-shirt with sneakers and no visible wrap or cast on his foot. He was walking without a noticeable limp before trainers sent him back to the locker room.

Cruz signed a six-year extension worth nearly $46 million this offseason.

Jim Cordle replaced Baas at center with the starters and Kevin Hardy saw reps with the first team at wide receiver.Keeping head coaches off the field is a point of emphasis with officials this season. Coughlin had a heated discussion with referee Ed Hochuli about the penalty at halftime . . . The Giants showed a video of Ahmad Bradshaw highlights before the game. The former Giants running back is now a member of the Colts and was at the game, although he did not play.

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