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Victor Cruz still not cleared to practice

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz throws

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz throws the ball during a practice at training camp in East Rutherford, N.J., on Aug. 2, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

Victor Cruz remains an outsider at the team's workouts, not yet cleared to participate in anything more than some very simple individual drills and stretching.

"He's going to be out there, but he's not cleared to go," Tom Coughlin said.

There has been some progress. Cruz was on the field with trainers doing stretching on Wednesday. On Thursday he spent time during the portion of practice open to the media throwing passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle and also working on catching passes from a machine. But when the team went to work, Cruz was mostly a bystander.

He had an MRI on Wednesday to gauge the progress made in his calf since the platelet-rich plasma injection on Oct. 1. He was hoping to be cleared after the tests this week. "We all were," Coughlin said. "But he still has a little bit of an injury there."

Ready for Dez

With the possibility of Dez Bryant returning, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said he is simply waiting to see how it plays out. Bryant, who broke his foot in Week 1, has been targeting this game for his return but has yet to practice. "We're planning both ways," Spagnuolo said. "He's a good football player and we know he's a challenge, so if he does play, we'll do certain things. If he doesn't, we'll shift gears a little bit."

Giant steps

Jon Beason (knee) and Uani 'Unga (neck) were held out of practice. 'Unga said he expects to be ready and said he thinks Beason will be, too . . . Everson Walls will be the honorary captain at Sunday's game -- for the Giants! Walls began his NFL career as a standout cornerback for the Cowboys but will be recognized as a member of the Giants' 1990 Super Bowl team in this game.

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