Three veteran Giants who have yet to play a snap this season could get some clarity to their immediate futures this week. Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul and Will Beatty all have important hurdles to clear in the coming days as they quest a return to the field.
Tom Coughlin did not have any update on Cruz, who has been sidelined more than two months with a calf injury, but the wide receiver is expected to undergo an MRI on Wednesday that will allow doctors to determine his progress from a PRP injection he received on Oct. 1. That examination was first reported by The Record of North Jersey and confirmed by a source. If Cruz is cleared, there is a possibility he could be on the practice field this week though a return for the Cowboys game on Sunday remains highly doubtful.
Pierre-Paul is to meet with Giants officials this week for a re-evaluation of his injured right hand. Coughlin did not have any update on that progress during Tuesday's conference call. "We'll know more about that when it happens," he said.
And Beatty is eligible to return to the practice field this week after spending the first six weeks of the season on PUP because of a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in the spring. "When that is decided it'll be slow going," Coughlin said. "I'm not sure if that's going to start this week or when, but when we do it'll be with the idea of bringing him back slowly."
Taylor gets cut
The Giants waived third-year safety Cooper Taylor, who began training camp as a starter but saw little action on the field. The fifth-round pick in 2013 missed all of the 2014 season with a foot injury. Veteran Craig Dahl saw most of the reps in a three-safety look against the Eagles on Monday night.
The team also signed TE Jerome Cunningham to the practice squad after waiving him over the weekend.