The bad news is that Victor Cruz didn't practice Wednesday and won't play in Saturday's preseason game due to an injury.
The good news? It has nothing to do with his surgically-repaired knee.
Cruz has a strained calf that Tom Coughlin said is likely the result of dehydration and is in no way connected to the torn patellar tendon that he suffered last season. Wednesday was the first training camp practice that Cruz missed completely, although his reps have been monitored closely. Coughlin hinted earlier in the week that Cruz might take the field against the Jaguars this weekend, but those plans have been scrapped.
Of more pressing concern to Coughlin is the continued absence of another receiver, Rueben Randle. Coughlin gave him the verbal nudge toward the practice field as he's been sidelined for a week with knee tendinitis (although he played briefly in Friday's preseason game against the Bengals).
"He needs to practice," Coughlin said. "That's the one thing I'm anxious about. Everybody wants to talk about our passing game. Unless we get out there and practice together, what passing game?"
WR Odell Beckham Jr. and G Justin Pugh both missed practice after undergoing dental work. Both are expected back today . . . CB Prince Amukamara (groin) practiced for the first time in over two weeks . . . CB Trevin Wade ended practice with an interception off Ryan Nassib in a two-minute drill . . . WR Dwayne Harris made several impressive catches, including one on a deep pass from Eli Manning . . . Giants tight ends dropped four passes: Two by Larry Donnell, one by Jerome Cunningham and one by Stony Brook University's Will Tye.