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Shane Vereen may have dual role as wide receiver with Victor Cruz still sidelined

Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton tackles the

Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton tackles the New York Giants' Shane Vereen during the first half an NFL game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP / Kathy Willens

When Ben McAdoo and the offensive coaching staff devised this week's game plan on Tuesday, they, like all of us, were under the impression that Victor Cruz would be playing against the Bills. Then Cruz suffered a setback with his calf injury early in Wednesday's practice and that ended that thinking.

"We were excited to have Victor back on the field with us," McAdoo said of the thinking early in the week. "It didn't work out this week, and we're going to move on from there."

But when asked if that meant there would be any changes in the game plan, McAdoo said very succinctly: "No."

It might, however, change some roles. The Giants have only four wide receivers on their active roster and Tom Coughlin referenced an ability to play other people at receiver positions. One of those possibilities is running back Shane Vereen.

"Sure, why not?" McAdoo said of the idea. "It's all hands on deck. We'll use him, anybody we can. We need 11. So we'll play with 11 healthy bodies if that's all we have. The guys that can catch the ball the best, we'll play with on the perimeter."

Vereen doesn't have much experience as a traditional receiver.

"He does it a lot from the backfield, so I'm sure we can move him around and do what we need to do if that happens," McAdoo said. "We'll have a plan in place, we're not going to run out of guys. We'll have 11, we'll have 11."

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