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Giants co-owner John Mara has no comment on kicker Josh Brown

Kicker Josh Brown of the New York Giants

Kicker Josh Brown of the New York Giants kicks a field goal as Brad Wing holds against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 12, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Credit: Getty Images / Rich Schultz

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Giants co-owner John Mara had no comment on his kicker, Josh Brown, who will serve a one-game suspension stemming from a domestic-violence charge in May 2015.

“I don’t have anything to say about the Josh Brown thing,” Mara said when reporters approached him after Saturday’s preseason loss. “Check with me again next week, but I don’t have anything to say right now.”

Why next week?

“I don’t know,’’ he said. “Maybe I’ll change my mind.”

Mara later clarified that he meant he might decide to address the topic publicly, not that he is reconsidering the team’s decision to re-sign Brown during the offseason.

Mara undoubtedly is uncomfortable with the criticism of his team stemming from the situation. The Giants insist they had all the available facts in hand when they inked Brown to the two-year deal during the offseason and were aware of the charges against him when he played for them in 2015.

The rest of the Giants were mum on the subject. Brown and general manager Jerry Reese declined to comment. Ben McAdoo sidestepped questions on the topic and said he stood by his comments from Thursday.

Even linebacker Mark Herzlich, who has been outspoken in his disgust for domestic violence, had nothing to say.

“I’m not really talking about that, sorry,” he said.

When it was pointed out how passionate he usually is about domestic violence, he said: “I know. Sorry.”

Cruz sidelined again

Victor Cruz, recovering from a groin injury, did not play, but he came about as close to doing so as he has in almost two years. He went through pregame warm-ups with the team. He ran routes, caught passes and, for the first time since he was carted off the field in Philadelphia in October 2014, was in uniform on a day the Giants played an actual game. “Went good,” he said.

By the time the game began, Cruz was back in shorts and a T-shirt on the sideline, but the hope is that he’ll be able to practice this week and perhaps play in next weekend’s preseason game against the Jets.

Giant steps

McAdoo said this past week that first-year kicker Tom Obarski has “a golden opportunity” with Brown facing his suspension. But when Obarski attempted the first field goal of his career, a 28-yarder that was shorter than an extra point with 6:50 left in the game, he pulled it wide left . . . McAdoo won the first challenge of his career when he red-flagged a long catch by Reggie Bush that was overturned and ruled incomplete . . . WR Dwayne Harris left the game in the first half after injuring his knee on a punt return. S Mykkele Thompson also left in the first half with a concussion . . . Kelvin Sheppard started at middle linebacker, but Jasper Brinkley and Keenan Robinson also saw snaps at the position with the starters . . . S Cooper Taylor had an interception in the fourth quarter . . . First-round pick Eli Apple (knee) sprinted on the side during pregame warm-ups and seems poised to return to practices this week.


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