The Giants are measuring the return to health of Victor Cruz in days and David Baas in weeks, but at this point in the preseason both scales likely translate into the same result: Neither will be seen again until the start of the regular season.
Tom Coughlin said that Cruz's bruised left heel will sideline him at least for Tuesday's return to practice. "We'll see exactly where he stands with that as the days go by," Coughlin said. "We'll have to take that one as it comes." With the ideal prescription for the injury being rest, it's unlikely Cruz will play in either of the two remaining preseason games as a precaution.
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Meanwhile, Coughlin confirmed that Baas suffered a sprained left MCL, an injury that typically lasts 3-6 weeks. With the regular-season opener in less than three weeks, that puts Baas in jeopardy for the Sept. 8 game in Dallas.
"It's weekly, that's all I can tell you," Coughlin said. "It depends on how fast that whole injury and rehab goes . . . We'll look at it in a positive way that it was an MCL, nothing more."
Coughlin said the Giants are considering various plans to replace Baas. The most direct one would be to plug Jim Cordle in at center as they did on Sunday night.
More likely the Giants will move Kevin Boothe to center and reconstruct their line with combinations of David Diehl, Justin Pugh, James Brewer and even Brandon Mosley.
Rolle returning soon
Safety Antrel Rolle, who sprained his ankle in practice Aug. 12, is on pace to return to practice soon.
"The projection is that maybe we will get an opportunity to get Antrel on the practice field this week," Coughlin said.
Other injuries the Giants are watching are the slight hamstring strain defensive end Justin Tuck suffered Sunday against the Colts and the shoulder contusion of rookie defensive end Damontre Moore.
Coughlin said he wasn't sure if Tuck would practice and it would depend on how he felt thisTuesdaymorning. As for Moore, who missed a week of practice: "He's getting closer," Coughlin said. "According to the doctors he's not there yet."
The battle between Dan Connor and Mark Herzlich for the starting middle linebacker job -- if it even exists -- is not over. "I don't know the order we'll decide on this week yet. We'll see how the first part of the week in practice goes," Coughlin said . . . Although the offensive line allowed six sacks on Sunday, Coughlin was not willing to put the blame on just one person. "It's a multitude of things, not just David Diehl," Coughlin said of the right tackle who allowed the one sack of Eli Manning.