Victor Cruz was the only Giants player who did not participate in Wednesday's practice because of injury, and while there has been no declaration of his availability, his chances of playing in the opener in Dallas remain extremely unlikely.
In fact, with Cruz not practicing for the last three weeks, it may take even longer for him to make his return to the field in 2015. The Giants have their first three games in a span of 12 days and it may be difficult to squeeze Cruz's recovery from the calf injury into that crammed schedule.
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As for Wednesday, Tom Coughlin said he has not received any updates on Cruz's status.VotePick 'em: Giants 2016 schedule
"Obviously, if this was strictly the knee, I think he'd be out there," Coughlin said, reiterating that it is a calf injury and not the recovery from a torn patellar tendon that has led to the lengthy convalescence. "The calf is what set him back. It's not the knee, it's the calf."
Coughlin also said that those injuries are difficult to diagnose and treat.
"There's been some communication around the league with other clubs," he said. "For whatever reason, these things are very, very hard to get over. And we've experienced it before, obviously [Nat] Berhe is a great example of that."
A rather ominous comparison given that Berhe was placed on season-ending injured reserve and last week Coughlin made a point to distance Cruz's injury from Berhe's.
As for other injuries, the Giants listed three on their report and all of them were on the practice field including starting middle linebacker Jon Beason. He appears to be on track for the opener, but the Giants are clearly weary of his injury history to the point that they brought in Jasper Brinkley to be his backup.
Asked if Brinkley's addition was an indication of Beason's availability on Sunday, Coughlin said: "No, but we thought it was a necessity."