The return is making a comeback.

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who fought through a torn patellar tendon to participate in training camp only to have a calf injury sideline him for a month, was back on the field on Tuesday. It was the first time Cruz has been seen doing any kind of activity since the calf injury first popped up in mid-August.

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Cruz was wearing a helmet and jersey and stretched with the team at the beginning of practice. After that he moved to an adjacent field where he worked with a trainer on running. It was mostly half-speed and included some cutting and movement.

After that, though, Cruz cranked it up with some agility drills that included running in circles and speed footwork. He appeared to be doing that at full speed with little problem.

It seems the only thing holding Cruz back from a return this week is the schedule. The Giants play on Thursday night and with just one day of practice - in which Cruz likely won't even be listed as a participant - he almost assuredly will be sidelined against Washington. Week 4 against the Bills on Oct. 4 would seem to give Cruz time to get back into the flow with Eli Manning and the rest of the offense before playing in his first NFL game since his knee injury last Oct. 12 in Philadelphia.

Other injury updates from practice: LB Jon Beason (knee) was practicing and barring a setback should be available on Thursday ... LT Ereck Flowers (ankle) did not practice and will be a gametime decision ... CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion) is going through the league's protocol and most likely will not be cleared in time for Thursday's game ... DE Robert Ayers Jr. (hamstring) was practicing but is expected to be limited and help out of most full-speed running.