Tom Coughlin said Victor Cruz will not play on Sunday against the Bills and he offered no timeline for when the wide receiver could return.
"He tried it, he didn't make it, and he will not be able to play this week," Coughlin said Thursday. "Obviously we're all disappointed in that, but we choose to take the road that we really don't have a lot of choice in, which means get him back in rehab, get him back to work, and see when we can get him back on the field."
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That was supposed to be this week. Cruz was geared up for his 2015 debut and his first game action since last October when he tore his patellar tendon. A calf injury had sidelined him since mid-August, but he appeared ready to rejoin the team after several workouts on the side. On Wednesday, though, he was unable to get through the earliest drills of the practice.
"Victor tried it [Wednesday] and it did not feel right to him so he did not practice," Coughlin said.
It's the same left calf that has been holding him back for the past six weeks, Coughlin said. He had an MRI on it, but Coughlin did not have any details from that test.
"That's all I have," he said. "He's not going to practice [Thursday], he's not going to be in the game this week."
That leaves the Giants with just four healthy wide receivers: Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris and rookie Geremy Davis.
"We're capable of doing a few other things with the people that we have," Coughlin said of the possibility of moving others like running back Shane Vereen and tight end Larry Donnell into more traditional pass-catching positions. "We played last week this way."
The Giants do have other options. Earlier this week they held a workout for veteran wide receivers that included former first-round pick Hakeem Nicks and Wes Welker. Cruz and Welker often have had their games compared to each other, and Coughlin did not dismiss the idea of the Giants signing the former Patriots and Broncos slot receiver.
"He was very quick, very active in here," Coughlin said. "There's always a chance. There's a chance for anybody if a need comes around, yeah."